Alion Ribera del Duero Tempranillo DOC 2015 1500 ml

Grupo Vega Sicilia


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Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2015
Size: 1500ml
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 15%
Body: Full
Sweetness: Dry

Why We Love This Wine

Vega Sicilia is by far the most prestigious wine estate in Ribera del Duero, and perhaps in all of Spain, with an almost mythical reputation of both rarity & quality for their wines. Located 100 miles north of Madrid on a high elevation, remote plateau of Castilla y Leon in the town of Valbuena del Duero, their grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec all brought from Bordeaux classified growth vineyards by the Estate's founder in 1864 with their main varietal still remaining to be the indigenous Tempranillo grape. The historical provenance of the estate was instrumental in the designation of Ribera del Duero as a DOC (Denominacion Origen Calcificada) in 1982, making the region at par with Rioja. Three flagship cuvees have made Vega Sicilia legendary: the Unico, Unico Reserva Especial (multi-vintage blend), and their Valbuena 5 Ano. These wines are legendary not only for their supreme quality but also for the prices they command. Dark garnet withn purplish hues, the nose opens up with aromas of blackberry & plum with violet floral aromas. On the palate, black tea & stewed blackberry characters are prevalent & spicy elements framed by underlying long & detailed tannins. Enjoy this now through 2030.

Winemaker / Tasting Notes

A bright, deep red color with streaks of violet, this wine reveals plum, currant, & liquorice flavors intermingled with loamy earth & tobacco notes. The nose reveals a highly complex bouquet of ripe dark berries, candied flowers, vanilla, & incense with faint mineral whiffs. This wine finishes excellently long with a dark berry driven tenacity and smooth tannins that linger.

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