2005 Alion (Vega Sicilia) Ribera del Duero
94+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Alion has a captivating perfume of smoke, pencil lead, violets, truffle, cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied, firm, sweetly-fruited, layered, and splendidly balanced. It has several years of aging potential and will offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2025." (06/09) Produced in a softer, more modern style, here is your opportunity to get a taste of Vega Sicilia's winemaking for a modest sum. Purchased by Vega Sicilia in 1992, Alion shares the same vineyard management and winemaking team. Though you might have had Ribera del Duero produced by growers who sell fruit to Vega Sicila, or from a bodega 'across the road' from Vega Sicilia, simply put...it ain't Vega Sicilia. Neither is this, but it's the next best thing, benefitting from all the financial and intellectual resources of Spain's first growth, as well as their uncanny sense to make the most elegant and balanced wines of the region (estimated arrival in June 2009).