2009 Bodegas y Vinedos, Alion, Ribera del Duero, Vega Sicilia, Spain.
The Alion by Vega Sicilia is one of Spain’s glorious reds from the famed Ribera del Duero and made from the estate’s 100% Tempranillo grapes. While not as well known as it’s big brothers Unico or Valbuena, Vega’s Alion is a wonderful and classic wine that is still a fair priced jewel. Seductively dark, opaque even with blue/black fruit showing wonderful density and character with blackberry, cassis, kirsch, pencil lead, cola bean and plum layers plus creamy smoky vanilla adding just the right amount of wood framing in this ultra refined, but intense wine. With time in the glass and lovely aromatic side comes through with dried roses and violets, as well as a zesty spicy note of cedar and anise, this is addictive stuff and highlights the polished charm you’d expect from a top Bodega, especially Vega Sicilia.
($100 Est.) 94+ Points, grapelive