Alion Ribera del Duero 2012

SKU/Code: 
DB7657-12
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Tempranillo
Country: 
Spain
Region: 
Ribera del Duero
Alion

100% Tempranillo aged 14-16 months in 100% French oak, and another 20 months in bottle before release.

 

Also available in 1/1.5L and 1/3L!

 
95 points
"2012 has to be one of the best recent vintages of Alión. This 2012 Alión is pure Tempranillo from vineyards averaging 25 to 30 years of age, harvested at the end of September and matured for 14 months in new French oak barrels. The nose is much more elegant than the Pintia from Toro (I tasted them together), still very fresh and primary but with a special brightness of fruit, shiny cherries, raspberries, something effervescent, open and somehow exuberant. The palate is quite round, much more polished, with some notes of dark chocolate, some subtle volatility, elegant, fresh and long. It has the balance and stuffing to develop nicely in bottle. Superb balance, Ribera character, clean, modern classic. 280,000 bottles were produced. After the warm and ripe 2011, there is a much more balanced 2012 Alión that reminded me of the 2001 vintage."
Luis Guiterrez,
Wine Advocate
, October 2015
90 points
"Cherry, raspberry and kirsch flavors show a ripe character in this bright red, backed by citrusy acidity and light, firm tannins. Well-balanced, fresh and lively. Drink now through 2018. 570 cases imported."
Tim Molesworth,
Wine Spectator
, September 2016