Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2004

from
Ribera del Duero
,
Spain
PRICE: 
$99

About the Region

Two wines made the reputation of this wine region southwest of Rioja: the legendary Vega Sicilia Unico, from a winery founded in 1864 and vineyards planted with cabernet sauvignon and merlot as well as tempranillo, released only after 10 to 15 years of bottle age, and until recent years by far the most expensive wine in Spain; and Tinto Pesquera, created in the early 1970s by the visionary Alejandro Fernández, the first high-quality modern-day from the region, 100 percent tempranillo (a grape known in Ribera del Duero as tinta del país). Today there are dozens of producers, and while some of the wines can be overly alcoholic and over-oaked, the best of them are classy, spicy, earthy wines full of complex fruit.