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1997 Bodegas y Vinedos Alion Ribera del Duero
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2000

Full, deep ruby-red. More expressive, evolved aromas of redcurrant, leather, smoked meat and resiny oak. Smoke, game and cinnamon in the mouth; not quite up to the '98 in depth of flavor or grip.

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Good stuff
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but not at the level of th 1994. Lovely bouquet. Good tannic structure and plenty of fruit. It lacks the depth and complexity of previous vintages. Still grabbing 6 bottles for my cellar. 90-91 pts.


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