2006 Bodegas Alion (Vega Sicilia) 1.5 L

Year: 2006
Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
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"Dense yet graceful, this plush red offers black cherry, fig, chocolate and mineral notes, with fresh, firm tannins and a cola-scented finish. Drink now through 2015. 23,000 cases made." (WS)

"The 2006 Alion, aged in 100% new French oak, is a saturated purple color with a fetching bouquet of sandalwood, smoke, Asian spices, incense, and black cherry confiture. In the mouth it has outstanding volume, kinky spice notes, savory black fruits, and enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for another 5-7 years. Its drinking window will extend from 2015 to 2031.

Bodegas Alion was founded in 1991 by Vega Sicilia. Grapes are sourced from vineyards next to the winery and from Vega Sicilia’s own vineyards at Valbuena, a total of approximately 40 acres of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vines." (WA)

"($80) Deep red. Intensely perfumed, mineral-driven scents of redcurrant, raspberry, spicecake and dried rose, with a smoky overlay. Juicy and precise, offering lively red fruit flavors and a suave floral pastille quality with aeration. Weightier on the finish, where the floral note lingers with authority and persistent spiciness. Europvin USA , Van Nuys, CA)" (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Bodegas Alion was launched with the 1991 vintage by the famous Vega Sicilia estate. The wine is made by Javier Ausas, winemaker at Vega Sicilia, from a single grape variety: the Tempranillo. The style and philosophy is entirely different to the long ageing at Vega Sicilia, with the release of a young, three years old wine that has been matured almost entirely in new French oak from Nevers. Ready to be drunk after release but with at least 10 years ageing potential. A modern, world class wine of great distinction.