Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia Alion Ribera del Duero Tinto Fino 2009

Ratings on Delectable

Jay Kline Delectable Pro

I’ve never had Alion (or anything else from Vega Sicilia for that matter) and was able to pick up a couple of these with bin-stained labels about two years ago for a song. Yesterday, I decided to open one to see what the fuss was about. Popped poured; I gotta say, this was a complete mess on Day 1. So much so that after struggling through a glass and a half and wondering why I even try with Ribera del Duero anymore, I replaced the cork, walked away from it and went to bed. It was a combination of red cherries and plums that seemed overripe almost to the point of being stewed yet there was substantial structure and it was simply not very fun to drink. Day 2? Completely different story. Everything had calmed down and integrated into something quite sublime. Dark cherry, leather, espresso, olives and cocoa delivered with a bear hug of fine tannins. This was a remarkable turnaround. If you’re opening one of these soon, I have three words of advice: decant, decant, decant. Drinking great now after significant air or hold. These aren’t going south anytime soon. Bottle No. 271224

I’ve never had Alion (or anything else from Vega Sicilia for that matter) and was able to pick up a couple of these with bin-stained labels about two years ago for a song. Yesterday, I decided to open one to see what the fuss was about. Popped poured; I gotta say, this was a complete mess on Day 1. So much so that after struggling through a glass and a half and wondering why I even try with Ribera del Duero anymore, I replaced the cork, walked away from it and went to bed. It was a combination of red cherries and plums that seemed overripe almost to the point of being stewed yet there was substantial structure and it was simply not very fun to drink. Day 2? Completely different story. Everything had calmed down and integrated into something quite sublime. Dark cherry, leather, espresso, olives and cocoa delivered with a bear hug of fine tannins. This was a remarkable turnaround. If you’re opening one of these soon, I have three words of advice: decant, decant, decant. Drinking great now after significant air or hold. These aren’t going south anytime soon. Bottle No. 271224

9.3

Max Gottesfeld Delectable Pro

Slightly muted nose with plenty of tighter flavors not ready yet.

Slightly muted nose with plenty of tighter flavors not ready yet.

9.2

Victor Charcan Delectable Pro

Serious and well made, easy drinking despite the complexity, length and concentration. Ripe cherries and notes of coffee, cocoa and tobacco

Serious and well made, easy drinking despite the complexity, length and concentration. Ripe cherries and notes of coffee, cocoa and tobacco

9.3

David Jones

Great, as always! 2009 was a great year and while young, terrific!

Great, as always! 2009 was a great year and while young, terrific!

10

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

Truly drinks just like a baby Vega. Huge quality for its $85 price point.

Truly drinks just like a baby Vega. Huge quality for its $85 price point.

9.3

Adam Crane Delectable Pro

Wow! Intensity with a soft hand

Wow! Intensity with a soft hand

9.3

Michael Kvasnicka Delectable Pro

WORD.

WORD.

9.3

Charlie Abbott Delectable Pro

Sommelier Casa Mono

Either modern old-school or vintage-styled new wave, either way irresistible.

Either modern old-school or vintage-styled new wave, either way irresistible.

9.3

Gadi Karpel Delectable Pro

91/100

91/100

9.1

Gordana Josovic Delectable Pro

So good right now !

So good right now !

8.7

Location

  • 271 Amsterdam Ave
    New York, NY 10023

  • Hours:
    Monday-Saturday: 10AM-8PM
    Sunday: 12PM-8PM

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