Alion Ribera del Duero Tempranillo DOC 2013 1500 ml

Grupo Vega Sicilia


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Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2013
Size: 1500ml
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14.5%
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. Brilliant ruby in color, this wine reveals cherry, red currant, & powerful florals with mineral accents on the nose. On its chewy & & focused palate, this wine displays impressive structure & finesse manifesting flavors of dried berries, strawberry, coffee, & chocolate. Its excellent energy & tension is on full display leading to a persistent cherry pith laced finish adroitly framed by gentle & firm tannins. Drink this now through 2027.

Winemaker / Tasting Notes

A bright, deep red color with violet streaks, this wine boasts a full & elegant nose showcasing a wide range of aromas from ripe fruits, fruit compote, coffee, chocolate, & vanilla. The palate is opulent and elegant with harmonious tannins providing a subtle backbone to the wine ably complemented by a great aromatic persistence. Crafted to drink well on release, its substantial tannins will nevertheless support its continued evolution through at least 10 more years of extended cellaring.

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