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2003 Bodegas Alion , Ribera Del Duero


“… Nice dark colour with shiny crimson reflections. A sweet nose of sour cherries and raspberries with vanilla-oak tones hits your nose. On the palate then silky texture with a little grip of tannins still, but already quite evolved and easily drinkable. Mouth appears instantly sweet – too sweet for my taste – with marmalade-like impression of cooked sour cherries, very intense fruit. Of course 14,5% alcohol amplify the sweet madness and the acidity is too few to counterbalance it effectively. At least a few hints of liquorice are hidden behind that sweet wall (I somehow find liquorice in many wines these days). The length is satisfying but comes with some slight bitter notes which don’t really fit into the marmalade scheme.
As the evening passes though, I got a bit used to the sweetness and the wine felt more round; furthermore notes of cinnamon and clove appeared, adding a little complexity. My general impression though was still more towards disappointment, as the Alion seemed a bit made and overdone and couldn’t really live up to expectations set by the Duero label and the Vega Sicilia group to which it belongs. Maybe with time all the pieces will find together, but I really have doubts of how this one will develop. Something seems to be lacking, maybe acidity.
Actually this is the right counter-example for that nice Margaux I had earlier, which perfectly combined power, fruit and light elegance. I’ll have to recompare both in 10 years I guess. Need some pretty loyal readers here to share that experience then lol.
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Categories: Ribera Del Duero,Spain
  1. BerlinKitchen (guest) Said,

    Es sieht so aus als hätten hier wir wieder einen typischen 03er……..zu marmeladig etc. Ich fand den Alion immer schon zu International. Der “Valbuena” war eher nach meinen Geschmack. Und der Vega Sicilia erst……..YUM, YUM

  2. BerlinKitchen (guest) Said,

    Ja, sehr empfehlenswert!

    Übrigens, bei mir gibt es eine Suchmaschine und wenn du Atauta eingibst, findest Du folgendes. ;-)


    Du kannst aber auch hier fündig werden:


  3. alexis2 Said,

    ups! ich such mir doch sone Info nicht selbst, lass mich halt lieber bedienen ;=)

  4. 2003 Bodegas Alion, Ribera Del Duero – Update — Blind Tasting Club Said,

    […] come across this wine a couple of times now. Posts about it have already been published here in May and July of 2008 and just recently I had it twice in a matter of only 3 months and now again I am […]

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