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2015 Vega Sicilia Alion

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ITEM 8096970 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Bidder Amount Total
$85
Item Sold Amount Date
I8196124 1 $86 Apr 24, 2022
I8185527 1 $85 Apr 17, 2022
I8185319 1 $85 Apr 17, 2022
I8102912 1 $85 Jan 30, 2022
I8100829 1 $88 Jan 30, 2022
I8100829 1 $87 Jan 30, 2022
I8094280 1 $85 Jan 23, 2022
I8068184 4 $85 Jan 16, 2022
I8061462 8 $85 Jan 9, 2022
I8046978 5 $85 Dec 26, 2021
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RATINGS

96James Suckling

...nose delivers some savory, slightly tarry and earthy character with a classic, direct and easy-to-understand feel. Some dried flowers, too. The palate has medium body and delivers fleshy, round red cherries, gently savory, spicy elements and fine, long and detailed tannins.

94Vinous / IWC

...expansive, highly complex bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, incense, candied flowers and vanilla, and a smoky mineral flourish adds urgency and lift. Sweet and seamless on entry, offering palate-staining blackberry, cherry compote and spicecake flavors... Finishes with excellent, dark-berry-driven tenacity and smooth tannins coming in slowly.

92Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of violet, blackberry and plum toggle between fruity and floral... Baked blackberry and black-tea flavors culminate on a short finish, with minty oak notes and scrubbing tannins.

91Wine Spectator

Loamy earth and tobacco notes mingle with plum, currant and licorice flavors in this solid red. Firm tannins and clean acidity keep this balanced. Not showy, but harmonious.

16.5+ Jancis Robinson

PRODUCER

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia, Spain’s most renowned producer, traces its roots to 1864, when Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves planted a vineyard east of Valladolid, in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. The grape cuttings were from Bordeaux and by the 1920s the estate’s wines were winning acclaim at international wine festivals. In 1982 the estate was bought by the Alvarez Diez family, which still owns and operates the nearly 300-acres property. Grapes grown are Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. Vega Siclia’s blend is generally about 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder made up of Merlot and Malbec. Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva and the Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial, a blend of three vintages, regularly earn very high ratings from critics. Parker has called Vega Sicilia “one of the world’s most iconic wines.”

REGION

Spain, Castilla-Leon, Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero is, in the words of wine writer Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson, “the modern red wine miracle of northern Spain.” In 2012 Wine Enthusiast magazine named it the international wine region of the year. The appellation is a high, rocky plateau in north/central Spain that follows the Duero River for 60 miles before the river passes into Portugal, where it becomes the famous Douro River, then flows into the Atlantic Ocean. There are more than 60,000 vineyard acres in the appellation and only red wines are produced under appellations regulations. Low rainfall, hot days, many hours of sunlight and harsh winters produce grapes of great depth and flavor. Ribera de Duero’s reputation owes much to Vega Sicilia, a 150-year old estate known both for its excellent traditional red wines and its willingness to innovate with the times. Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fino, is the dominant red grape in the appellation, and it is often blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec or Merlot. The highly acclaimed Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez, world famous for its Tinto Pesquera, is also in Ribera del Duero. The appellation status was awarded in 1982.