Wine Advocate 94 points - The 2007 Alion has a vibrant nose of dark cherries, violets, wild strawberry and a touch of leather that springs from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins. This Alion is jam-packed full of juicy blackberry, spice, leather and bay leaf that all vie for attention, while the finish is poised and long in the mouth. The 2007 certainly has the substance to age with style. Drink 2015-2025.
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BODEGA ALION 2007 ALION RIBERA DEL DUERO
"The 2007 Alion continues the winery’s string of outstanding vintages. It is 100% Tempranillo with malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by aging in new French oak. It offers up an exceptionally fragrant and complex bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, exotic spices, incense, lavender, and blackberry. On the palate it displays impressive volume, a smooth texture, layered flavors, and a lengthy, seamless finish. This impressive effort will continue to blossom for several more years and provide much pleasure through 2027." Jay Miller Wine Advocate 94 points
Alión was born next to the River Duero, in the vein of the Vega Sicilia, but with a vocation that is independent and innovative. In fact, its philosophy and personality has been clearly defined from the moment the winery was founded.
Its very beginnings boasted the aromas and tastes of a wine that was open, modern, attractive and full of strength and exuberance, with the exclusive expression of the tinto fino variety, a concept that was very different from the tradition of Vega Sicilia. The grape bears the character of the River Duero, the aging takes place exclusively in new French wood and, what is more, the process resorts to the most up-to-date oenological practices, giving a result that is radically different.
In short, Alión is an excellent wine, adapted to the international taste of the end of the millennium; shaped by a standard of quality that knows no bounds, but which bears the mark of the character and personality of the region in which it was born.
The company makes and commercialises one type of wine: Alión Reserva Tinto.
With food, Alión performs as a modern wine adapted to international taste. Its quality does not understand of frontiers at the same time that it fully expresses the characteristics of the Tempranillo grape variety of the Ribera del Duero.
The combination possibilities of this wine are manifold. However, due to its concentrated character and its magnificent structure, it combines very well with sirloins and other cuts of grilled beef, with roast lamb, pulse stews, dishes such as the fabada from Asturias, zancarrón and mountain, Castilian and Madrid cocidos. It also combines well with cold cream soups, rice dishes, warm cod, brains and Dublin Bay prawn salads. Or with fish such as cod al pil pil. It combines exceptionally well with game stews and other game dishes such as partridge with cabbage.