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Tempos Vega Sicilia, Alion, Ribera del Duero, 2018

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Alion comes from a careful selection of terroirs dotted across the very best areas of the Ribera del Duero DO. These complementary soils, along with the same winemaking process as Vega Sicilia, have given rise to generously structured wines. 2018 was the first vintage to use Alion’s new winemaking facility, designed to give greater precision during extraction.

The Vintage

Winter temperatures were lower than normal, but they rose above average in early April, leading to a good budbreak in the second half of the month. Summer temperatures were normal for the time of year, and combined with the abundant water reserves in the soil and plenty of sunshine, the grapes ripened evenly and rapidly. Some early-September storms pushed the harvest date back and in the end the crop was picked between September 28 and October 12.

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