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2013 Vega Sicilia Alion

Light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

91Wine Spectator

Firm and dense...black fruit, coffee and tar flavors, and finishing with anise and floral notes, bright acidity balancing the muscular tannins.

91Vinous / IWC

Cherry, red currant and pungent flowers on the spice- and mineral-accented nose. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry, dark chocolate and succulent herb flavors...very good energy and nervy cut on the persistent finish, which features a suggestion of cherry pit and gently firming tannins.

17+ Jancis Robinson

Complex aroma: baking spice and a touch earthy...really scented, opening to a light floral note, too. Firm, velvety texture but tastes cooler and less thick on the palate...there is a fine complexity on the nose. Sweet black fruit and a light spice on the finish.

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.