I found this bottle a little more tannic and less complex than one bottle tasted just one month ago...bottle variation? maybe. In other words, found to be more young and not as mature as previous bottle, but what a depth, core of blackcherry, redcherry a little and toasty oak in modern ripe fruit core based wine. Very distinctive and easily to deduct is good example of this label...a great marriage between classic and modern RbD.
Purple in color. Medium legs. Fig, Forest floor. Plum, Raisin. Medium/Full bodied. Smooth texture. Long finish. This is a Ribera that keeps getting better. It will drink much longer than the typical Ribera del Duero. An outstanding wine. the 2003 is just now coming together and and while Alion has always been a great wine this vintage seems particularly good.