2016 Vega Sicilia Alion (750ml)

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Vega Sicilia has long led the way in Castilian Spain's heartland, making wine in Valbuena de Duero since 1846. When Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves returned from France in 1864 with his French barrels and varietals, experimenting in his vineyards and cellars with techniques learned in Bordeaux, he not only slowly transformed HIS wines, but also encouraged local growers to follow in his footsteps. Don Elroy's success at Vega Sicilia underscored the importance of the local variety of Tempranillo (known as Tinto Fino) and its place in the schistose sub-soils of these high elevation vineyards overlooking the River Duero. But it would require 118 years of consistency for Vega Sicilia before Ribera del Duero achieved DO status in 1982. That was also the year when the Alvarez family purchased Vega Sicilia, embarking on their mission of preserving the "ultimate, global prestigious benchmark." It's difficult to put into words the results of their investments; I visited with Pablo Alvarez recently and the place is beyond breathtaking. As most will remember, Mariano Garcia was responsible for 30 years' worth of the finest wines from Vega Sicilia, until his departure in 1998. But under Pablo's guidance, the multiple cuvees – spanning numerous districts – are better than ever. I have four of Vega Sicilia's finest today; wines adored for decades – treasures you'll love.

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A very savory and succulent Alion with so much complexity of flavor with berries, chocolate and dried meat. Some cedar, too. Full body. Vertical and very long. Purity of fruit and tannins to this wine. Needs two or three years to soften. Release in 2020. Better after 2022.

96 points, James Suckling (Dec 2019)

The highly anticipated 2016 Alión spent 12 months in oak barrels, 80% of them new and built mainly with French oak but with some 5% American oak, and some 10% of the volume matured in 15,000-liter concrete vats. It hits the scale at 15% alcohol and has moderate acidity, showing ripe black fruit and a creamy texture. 2016 has to be one of the freshest and most elegant vintages of Alión, a year with depth, freshness and terrific balance. Same as they do in Pintia, they are finding ways to lower the impact of the oak in the wine; here, they used concrete, and the wine shows more primary and floral aromas and is nicely textured and with fine tannins. 258,458 bottles, 7,017 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in June 2018.

95 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 246 - Dec 2019)

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