Bodegas Alión, Ribera del Duero 2018
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Alión is intense, complex, full-bodied, where elegance plays a differentiating role being the winery's sign of identity.
Bodegas Alión was formed in 1986 as a winery which would be run independently to its big brother, the great Vega Sicilia.
This 85-hectare wine estate was founded by the Álvarez family (Pablo Alvarez, the owner, who also owns the Toro Estate Bodegas Pintia) to provide a modern expression of Ribera del Duero wine. 35 hectares of the estate is located around the winery, with a further 50 hectares dedicated to Alión within the historic Vega Sicilia vineyards. Pablo Alvarez, managing director of Vega Sicilia, calls Alion “a wine somewhere between a Ribera del Duero and a Medoc in style."
Unlike Vega Sicilia, where we find a merging of the traditional and modern winemaking techniques, Alión is made using state-of-the-art equipment. Forward and uncompromising, these are wines with impressive frames and show an alternative side of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo).
The winery is located just down the road from Vega Sicilia and the wine is made from 100% Tempranillo from 85 hectares that were planted in 1986 in addition to younger vines planted at Vega Sicilia.