Alión es el "hijo" pequeño de Vega Sicilia, aunque se elabora en una bodega independiente. Gana muchos enteros a medida que pasan los años y se ha vuelto ya un imprescindible entre los grandes tintos españoles. Destaca por su elegancia y untuosidad en boca. Una manera algo más acecesible de descubrir un ribera del Duero de la que, seguramente, es la firma más icónica de esta denominación de origen. 2018 fue una añada fresca de corte atlántico, siendo este Alión una expresión más vertical, más tensa y elegante.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
Fresh and very floral with violets and berries. Blackberries and orange peel, too. Medium-to full-bodied with firm, linear tannins. Excellent length and structure. Seriously structured, Better after 2024, but already beautiful.
The 2018 Alión follows the path of the 2016: it is fresh and elegant and from a cooler (more Atlantic) vintage with more rain than the average and a relatively late harvest between September 28th and October 12th. They used 80% new barrels, with up to 10% made of American oak looking to (in their own words) give more sucrosity and sweetness to the wine, as it's a more vertical, tense and elegant expression of Alión. Part of the wine matured in concrete (something they started in 2016), and in 2021 they are experimenting with a 4,000-liter Rousseau foudre, as they want to keep working the texture and freshness. The wine is ripe at 15% alcohol and has a pH of 3.8 and a mellow 4.6 grams of acidity, round and soft. The wine matured until it was bottled in June 2020. The truth is that the wine comes through as subtle, elegant and balanced, with very integrated oak and a nice texture. It's one of the finest vintages for Alión. 257,257 bottles, 7,005 magnums and some larger formats produced.
Vega Sicilia’s other expression of Ribera del Duero. Originally purchased grapes were used to build a modern style; today the winery owns almost 70% of the vineyard and is aiming for 100%. A focus on precision in winery saw grapes going into 42 separate deposits. Oak has been reined back from 100% new; with just 10% American oak. Very fine floral aromatics and an equally refined palate. Dark fruits lifted by citrus freshness, a vivid style, finishing intense and long with juicy plums. Drinking window 2024-2030.
Alión is a pan-Ribera cuvée, with around half of the grapes bought from growers in Anguix, La Aguilera, La Horra, Moradillo, Nava and Padilla and the rest from Vega Sicilia. It's very different in style from the wines of its parent company, with the focus on French oak, 80% of it new, and just 10% American wood. Floral and refined, with intense perfume, polished tannins, layered bramble and blackberry fruit and chalky precision. A delicious Alión. 2023-32.