Red Wine Alión 2018

Crianza red wine from Ribera del Duero. Varietal Tinto Fino fermented in wooden vats and aged for 14 months in concrete diposits and new and used French and American oak barrels.

Crianza. 14 Months in distinct containers
Percentage of Alcohol: 15º
Bottle size: 75 cl
Grapes Varieties: Tinto Fino,
Wineries: Bodegas Alión
P 95/95+ ñ 95 94 95
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Product Description

Produced by the legendary Vega Sicilia winery through its brand Bodegas Alión, the red wine Alión is a faithful portrait of one of Spain’s most esteemed wine producing regions.

Made solely from Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo), this varietal Spanish red wine is sourced from a handful of parcels located near Padilla de Duero, Valbuena de Duero and Pesquera de Duero, in the heart of DO Ribera del Duero. Covering 70 hectares in total, the vineyards are 35 years old on average.

Cooler and rainier than the average, the 2018 vintage of Alión was an Atlantic vintage which gave the grapes plenty of time to ripen slowly and steadily. During the process, they also achieved near ideal levels of natural acidity.

Harvest took place from September 28 to October 12 and was carried out by hand. After that, this red wine from Ribera del Duero went through a very meticulous winemaking process, a common feature of all the Vega Sicilia wines.

First, the wine was fermented in 42 little wooden diposits under controlled temperature, with a very precise extraction of tannin and colour aimed at achieving the desired balance and structure. Then the red wine Alión 2018 was transferred into concrete tanks and 80% new French and American (10%) oak barrels, in which it was aged for 14 months. The American oak was used to give the wine a mellower and sweeter character.

Bottled in June 2020, this Crianza red wine was aged for some further months in the bottle before hitting the market.

Decant 1 hour before drinking.

257,257 Bordeaux bottles and 7,005 magnums produced.

Additional Information
Additional Information

The red wine Alión is medium purple with some violet reflections.


This varietal Tinto Fino exhibits the fresh and supple character that characterizes the Atlantic vintages. Aromas of violets, forest berries and scrubland, with hints of Grand Marnier liquor, toast and spices, underpinned by some calcareous mineral remembrances.


This wine of Bodegas Alión is linear, symmetric and very pure, with a steely acidity, good definition and incipient complexity. Medium to full-bodied, with remarkable balance, an exquisite core of pure black fruit and a long mineral finish with a floral and balsamic twist.

Our personal opinion

We consider the wine Alión 2018 to be one of the best vintages-if no the absolute best one- of this classic Ribera del Duero wine.


Alión 2017:

Enterwine 94. J. Suckling 95. Parker 94. T. Atkin 94. Guía Peñín 94.

Alión 2016:

Enterwine 94. Parker 95. Guía Peñín 94. J. Suckling 96. Decanter 95.

Alión 2015:

Enterwine 94. Parker 93. Guía Peñín 93. J. Suckling 96. Tim Atkin 94.

Alión 2014:

Enterwine 94. Parker 94. Peñín 93. Decanter 93.

Alión 2013:

Enterwine 93. Parker 94. Peñín 93.

Alión 2012:

Parker 95. Peñín 94. Enterwine 94.

Alión 2011:

Aged for 14 months in oak and for 12 months in the bottle. Parker 94. Peñín 95.

Year 2018
Type Red
D.O. Ribera del Duero
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? 40-60 minutes before serving
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in distinct containers
Number of months aged in Barrels 14
Parker's Score 95/95+
Peñin Score 95
Enterwine's Score 94
Media rating 95
Mono-Varietal Tinto Fina
Pairings Birds, Cured cheeses, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews
Taste Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement
3 Reviews
A bottle of pure, unadulterated happiness.
Review by (Posted on 6 November 2018)
Almost world-class, but not yet. Give it 4 more years or so.
Review by (Posted on 26 July 2018)
Store a bottle of this wine and open it with your family or friends simply to celebrate that you're alive and kicking. Because that's what this is: a celebration wine. Vega Sicilia in Ribera. Who could ask for anything more?
Review by (Posted on 8 November 2017)
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