- 94 Punkte Robert Parkers WINE ADVOCATE, Luis Gutierrez: "The 2017 Alión, the only wine produced here, comes from a challenging year marked by spring frost and a warm and dry end of the season, so they reduced the amount of new oak by 8%. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, and 10% of the volume aged in concrete, completely unoaked. The change in the oak regimen helped with the style of the vintage, which was marked by the frost that hit part of the Alión vineyards. Furthermore, the end of the season was warm and dry, and they had to work to control ripeness and power and perhaps the possibility of more aggressive tannins. It's a classical Alión, with some developed aromas, juicy and round but not heavy, with just a tad of earthy rusticity. With time, it develops more balsamic notes and hints of licorice. 230,032 bottles, 7,04 magnums, 614 double magnums and a handful of bigger sizes were produced. It was bottled in June 2019."
- 17 Punkte JANCIS ROBINSON, Ferran Centelles: "100% Tinto Fino. 2017 will be remembered as the vintage of the great frost in northern Spain (the fateful April 28). For Alión, grapes from different villages in Ribera del Duero are used, among which Pesquera, La Horra, Roa and Gumiel stand out. Luckily, they were the villages where the impact of this frost was less than elsewhere. The vintage ended very warm and dry, undoubtedly a challenge for winemakers. To adapt to these conditions, Gonzalo Iturriaga and his team used a higher percentage of concrete during winemaking and a lower percentage of new barrels than the norm. In addition, they opted for lighter-toasted, fresher barrel profiles (Sylvain and Taransaud).
It is a firm, hard Alión, with lots of black fruit and hints of ash. A very rooty vintage, rich in humus and organic notes; to decant and to leave open for a while, with a closed nose but which will grow. With all these deep and earthy notes, it surprises with its more polished and fresh palate, with a lot of intensity of flavour, very polished tannins and just memories of forest floor. An Alión with tension, which will undoubtedly evolve very well."
- 95 Punkte JAMES SUCKLING: "Lots of chocolate and berry with some coffee-bean and vanilla undertones. It’s full and layered with plenty of fruit, round tannins and pleasing complexity of smoked and toasted wood. Tar undertone. Very drinkable now, but better after 2022."
|James Suckling:||95 JS|
|Parker Wine Advocate:||94 RPWA|
|Jancis Robinson:||17,0 JR|
|Region:||Ribera del Duero|
|Reben:||100 % Tinto Fino|
|% vol Alk:||15,0|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||Alión comes from a careful selection of terroirs dotted across the very best areas of the Ribera del Duero DO. These soils, which complement each other, along with the same winemaking process as Vega Sicilia, have given rise to wines with a firm structure. 2017 was the 'vintage of the frost' (April 28), but this affected us less than it could have, thanks to our policy of producing 25 % more than we need, and to the double pruning carried out in the winter. In this drier and warmer vintage, the contribution of oak was reduced, using 72 % new barrel, 18 % used barrel and 10 % concrete, with a view to working on the tannin texture, on the one hand, and the freshness and journey of the wine, on the other. 2017 was a challenging vintage, but with a glorious end result, sustaining the genuine, modern and multicultural character of Alión of somewhat warmer and firmer expression.|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||FINCA VEGA SICILIA, 47359 Valbuena de Duero - Valladolid - Spanien|
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