on Aug 13, 2009
100% Tempranillo aged in mostly new French Oak.
This Crianza from the owners of Vega Sicilia is almost 9 years old, and the wine has already shed its tannin and "new-wood" aromas. It now shows a pretty bouquet of leather, bacon fat and raspberries. On the palate, a rich silky mouthfeel with an intense core of black raspberry and cherry fruit with hints of coffee and cocoa. Long, elegant finish, it carries its high alcohol (14%) seamlessly. The folks at V-S claimed that they wanted to make Alion in a claret style, but this wine is more Burgundian than anything else. Really 4.5 Stars. Splendid!
If this wine is typical, I would say that Ribera del Duero Crianzas from good vintages are best between 8-12 years from the vintage.
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