Vega Sicilia Alion


for the equivalent of £71.55 a bottle

Grower: Vega Sicilia
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Style: Fruity and Savoury
Country: Spain
Appellation: Ribero del Duero
Vintage: 2017/18
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 15% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Impressive red plums and the Alión has a very approachable feel to it, supple and even. The bouquet delivers some savoury, slightly tar and earthy character with a classic, direct and easy-to-understand feel. Some dried flowers, too. The palate reveals abundant, slightly dusty tannins and delivers fleshy, round red cherries, gently savoury, spicy elements and fine, long and detailed tannins. A great Alión, full of flavour, very fresh on the finish.

Vega Sicilia was founded almost 155 years ago, in 1864 by a Basque citizen, Eloy Lecanda from the North part of Spain. He founded Vega in Valladolid, where it is located now, and at that moment it was a place where no one had cultivated any kind of grapes. He owned the winery for approximately forty years, until the beginning of the last century, when the winery was sold to the Herrero family who were basically bankers from close to Valladolid. They owned the winery until around the 1950s, when the winery was sold to an industrial group who commercialised to make the wine. In 1962, the winery was sold to a guy from Venezuela. This is the earliest date in the history of Vega Sicilia where the company did not belong to a Spanish family or person. He was the owner for 20 years until 1982, when the latest stage of Vega where we currently are at right now. The Alvarez family, the current owners bought Vega Sicilia. They had bought one winery, which made three wines, Unico, Valbuena and Reserva Especial, and they decided to create a group of wineries, and in 1991, they founded Alión, in the Ribera del Duero, only 8 miles east from Vega Sicilia. And that is very briefly the history of Vega...



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