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Alion, Ribera del Duero 2017/18 75cl



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VINTAGE: 2017/18
APV: 14.50%
GRAPE VARIETIES: Tempranillo/Tinta Roriz
FOODS: roasts, beef, steak, lamb, duck
REGION: Ribera del Duero
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Alion, Ribera del Duero 2017/18 75cl

Spain's Ribera del Duero, on the banks of the River Duero, is home to some of the most powerful red wines in Europe. Vega Sicilia, the bodega from which Alion hails, is probably the most blue-blooded winery in this prestigious region. Made of 100% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino) in a more modern style and aged in new French oak, Alion is an iconic classic, with a distinctly Bordeaux style.  Elegant shiny nose. Round and exuberant palate with dark chocolate, cherries, multiple berry fruits and sweet spice. Definitely a keeper. Unforgettable.
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At first glance, the many appellations of Spain‘s and Portugal‘s top red wines are based on an equal number of obscure local grapes. What do the Tinta Roriz of the Douro, Aragónez of the Alentejo, Ull de Llebre of Penedès, Tinta del Toro of Toro, Cencibel of Valdepeñas and Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero have in common? They‘re all genetically the same grape. Thought to have existed in Northern Spain since antiquity, it is there making up the blends in almost all of the Iberian Peninsular‘s great red wines, even to some extent, Port. As Rioja is Spain‘s most successful liquid export, it is understandable that their name for this ubiquitous variety is the one the world has become familiar with. The name comes from its ripening habits; Temprano means ‘early‘, as Tempranillo tends to beat the other Rioja black grapes to the winery by around two weeks. Its thick skins give wines deep colour and longevity, but it doesn‘t race to high levels of potential alcohol like many of its Spanish peers. With an appealing range of uncomplicated flavours and an affinity with oak, it is rapidly being eyed by winemakers in other warm parts of the world, particularly Australia.

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