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2003 Bodegas Alion, Ribera Del Duero – Update

I’ve 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 popping a cork of this 2003 Alion from Ribera Del Duero. Of course it belongs to a category of wines that are a little controversial as it opposes aficionados of modern Spanish wines and those who prefer the more traditional ones. But somehow I believe Alion is right in between these two styles: a modern interpretation of traditional Spanish wines as to say, but not a super-extracted monster, although this verdict might also depend on drinking-circumstances. Read the rest of this entry »

Rotweinreise durch Europa

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Diese Reise, welche eigentlich ein gemütliches Abendessen begleitet, beginnt in Deutschland mit einem unkompliziert fruchtig süffigen 2007er Ursprung vom Marketing-Genie Schneider. Dieser Mann macht nicht nur schöne Etiketten, sondern er hat auch die Zukunft des kleinen deutschen Rotweins erkannt: Sie besteht aus Cuvées mit heimischen und internationalen Sorten. Im Ursprung sind das Cabernet, Merlot und Portugieser. Nun gut, dass der Schneider der erste war mit solchen Cuvées hab ich jetzt einfach so behauptet, auf jeden Fall hat er aber das bessere Marketing. Read the rest of this entry »

2003 Bodegas Alion , Ribera Del Duero

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“… 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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