Alion Ribera del Duero Tempranillo DOC 2014 1500 ml

Grupo Vega Sicilia


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Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2014
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. This Alion 2014 is indicative of 2014 being a better vintage year in Ribera del Duero in comparison to Rioja. Opaque ruby in color, the nose reveals intense jammy black plum, mineral laced black & blue fruit, Indian spice, mocha, vanilla, & milk chocolate. On the palate, it is silky & voluptuous with blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, & chocolate through to a wonderfully persistent & fresh finish.

Winemaker / Tasting Notes

Alion is intense, complex, & full-bodied where elegance plays a differentiating role being the Winery's sign of identity. Its' modern, genuine, and multicultural character makes it easy to pair with a wide variety of red meat, poultry, & game dishes.

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