Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2002

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I picked this up on sale, which I assume was due to the fact this came from a lesser vintage. However, I heard these guys are pretty reliable in less than perfect vintages so I thought it would be worth a try.The nose was very blackberry, vanilla cream puff, and raspberry pie a la mode. Very aromatic, this really needs to go with food due to its relatively high acidity and tang. The palate tasted much like cranberry, raspberry, and with air chocolate coated cherry.

I found it somewhat closed, perhaps suggesting the need for more bottle age, but with air it added a lot of weight. The finish was very long, at around 40-50 seconds. However, I have to confess that I was hoping for more from this famous wine. It was still good and enjoyable, but just not at the level suggested by its reputation. Perhaps it was the year (although the wine mags scored this pretty well).

Very Good+
$95 ($65 on sale) at BCLDB


  1. Joe
    October 30, 2008

    I have some of the ’03 Alion, $69.95 at LCBO special order, although I don’t think ’03 was much better than ’02 – ’04 was supposed to be the fantastic vintage. I suspect this is way to young – I won’t be touching my ’03s for a few years.

  2. Shea
    October 30, 2008

    Ya I wish I got at least 2 more to taste over varying periods. Alas my budget didn’t allow for that. I certainly felt potential here. I think I hyped it up a lot in my mind, though.

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