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 Vintage1995 Label 1 of 126 
TypeRed
ProducerBodegas Vega-Sicilia (web)
VarietyTempranillo Blend
DesignationÚnico
Vineyardn/a
CountrySpain
RegionCastilla y León
SubRegionn/a
AppellationRibera del Duero
UPC Code(s)8436014243133

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2035 (based on 13 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Vega Sicilia Unico on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.9 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 53 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 12/16/2015 & rated 96 points: Anniversary Dinner (Café De Klepel, Prinsenstraat 22, Amsterdam, NL): Deep and rich, spicy and balsamic, powerful, velvety, broad shoulders, firm structure, ripe fruit, eucalyptus, real depth and power, opens up beautifully in the glass, perfectly integrated tannins all wrapped in flesh, hint of eucalyptus, excellent finish. A classic beauty, drinking well now, will last for decades. (742 views)
 Tasted by svdheijden on 12/16/2015 & rated 97 points: My WOTN in challenging company of Lafite and Mouton Rothschild 1995. Gorgeous example of how great and multidimensional a 100% Tempranillo wine can be with the right terroir and in the hands of brilliant winemakers. Incredibly pure and fresh, unveiling layer after layer of beautiful fruit, and (exotic) spices. Grows in the glass with new, ever more attractive and intense flavors with every new sniff and sip. Utterly velvety, sexy, attractive treat which will probably merit an even higher score, sometime in future decades which it will effortlessly survive. (540 views)
 Tasted by Wineguy76 on 11/22/2015 & rated 97 points: The 1995 Unico is yet another stunning success sitting in an exquisite sweet spot at the moment. It offers a seducing dense garnet core and an explosive bouquet of cassis, mint leaf, burnt tar, roasting coffee and led pencil shavings. It is full bodied yet soft as silk as it envelops the palate with delicate layers of raspberries, caramel, melted chocolate and crushed hazelnuts. The tannins have fully integrated and the oh so velvety finish lingers on for a full minute. This sublime tour de force flirts with perfection and appears set for providing hedonistic pleasure in the glass for at least another two decades. Bravo! (660 views)
 Tasted by MPAN on 10/28/2015 & rated 100 points: After an excellent Bordeaux 1995 tasting with all 1er cru + CB & Ausone, Haut Brion blanc and Yquem with many scoring very highly, a Vega Sicilia Unico and Penfolds Grange were served. I scored both 100! - a very rare score from my side; was it the great preceding tasting or just simply perfect wines or both? Vega was chocolate, sweet blueberry and just everything right (864 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 7/25/2015 & rated 93 points: Medium-deep garnet with pretty flashes of ruby on swirling. 12 hours slow air in open bottle. Tightly wound nose of mineral and dark fruits. More expressive on the palate, loads of sweet red fruit, juicy acidity and smooth tannins. There is an ever present faint fuminess of alcohol but no unpleasant heat on the palate, and this displays the usual Único velvet mouthfeel. Youthful in its fruit and structure, but a bit of tertiary soy and straw creep in through the finish. Drink now or hold. (1308 views)
 Tasted by Topper on 4/2/2015: I always say that I love Vega Sicilia, but what I really mean is that I love 30-40 year old Vega Sicilia from a great vintage. This may get there but the tannins are still very pronounced and they almost, but not completely obscure everything that might be going on underneath. I'll hold off a score and come back in ten years or so. (1505 views)
 Tasted by Neuneuil on 12/31/2014 & rated 96 points: this wine just BROUGHT it....NYE 2015

Unico, you are the only one.. (1912 views)
 Tasted by dream on 8/19/2014 & rated 93 points: Beautiful nose on this vintage but this is firmer than the '96 and in need of more time. Quite delicious with layers of spicy dark fruits and the finish, while tight, bodes well for further development. 93+ (2915 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 8/14/2014 & rated 93 points: This wine needed more than the 2 hour decant that it received. Less evolved than the '96 although with similar sweet dark fruit foundation. More spice notes and less earth notes. Overall firmer tannins and not a wine to be consumed now. Worthy of following its evolution which should be prolonged. (888 views)
 Tasted by DavidF90210 on 7/14/2014 & rated 97 points: @ Chi Spacca. More forward than I would have thought. Great depth, well balanced. Start drinking this, no reason to wait. (2592 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/8/2014 & rated 92 points: In the bouquet pleasant barnyard, red fruits and mature impressions. On the palate red fruits as well, a firm amount of acidity and chocolate. Beautiful wine, but not as impressive and complex as one would expect. An off bottle? I don't know. My score is for my own reference… (2111 views)
 Tasted by danielk168 on 12/11/2013 & rated 93 points: tasted together with 53 Unico, 98 Pingus, 96 L ermita, 95 Pesquera, a truly grand Spanish wine evening.

I was so taken by the 53 that this bottle made little impression, alos likely because I have had so many Unico before, there was not much excitement left, unlike the Pingus, which I only had a few bottles before. (3342 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 12/7/2013 & rated 96 points: Zachy's auction w/ some CTers (Marea - 240 Central Park South): Our first Unico! And just wow. I think this could be the WOTD which is saying something given the rest of the line-up. Pure velvet. Tons of crackled black pepper, a get some tart cranberry underneath. It's just drinking fantastically now. (3120 views)
 Tasted by Ericsson on 11/22/2013 & rated 95 points: Yquem, Vega Sicilia Ùnico, Jamet... (Déjeuner au Restaurant Violier, Crissier): Il a eu droit à environ 1 heure dans la carafe avant d'être servi. Nous l'avons bu, après le repas, pour lui-même comme il sied à un seigneur!
Rouge carmin, sans traces d'évolution. Nez sur les fruits rouges, le bois noble, les roses. Attaque en bouche fantastique avec une foison de goûts divers. Ce vin est magnifiquement costaud car il a de finesse et de classe à profusion. Les tanins sont bien présents mais ils sont dociles et le vin se termine sur une longueur moyenne. (2353 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 10/1/2013: Dark core with bricking, lots of chunky sediment; red fruit, nutty, VA, raisin, no funk, no dill; still sweet palate, redeeming from the nose, pure cherry, hints at cedar; great expression but there seemed to be something off with this bottle. (2533 views)
 Tasted by the player on 7/2/2013 & rated 95 points: Unlike previous bottles this one didn't disappoint. Dark ruby red, excellent nose of dark red fruits, strawberries, a certain delectable freshness to the wine, mineral quality, fully reflected on the palate with tannins resolved after a couple of hours in the decanter, a nice finish ending in strawberries, licorice and flowers. Medium bodied and very enjoyable. No this wine is not yet going downhill. (2967 views)
 Tasted by CamWheeler on 6/10/2013 & rated 95 points: Spice, lots of earth, dark fruits, smoke and black cherry. Spectacularly complex on the palate, with near perfect balance. Textured and delicious. Super youthful but amazing already. (2143 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 5/21/2013 & rated 97 points: Vega Sicilia, along with the single vineyard Guigal wines is a contender for one of the best, as well as consistent, high-end wines, Still young in appearance, as well as in taste, this concentrated, fresh, ripe, complex, deep wine is packed with ripe fruits, spice and earthy notes. While it’s drinking great today, it’s only going to improve over the next few decades. (2595 views)
 Tasted by the player on 4/14/2013 & rated 93 points: Slightly disappointing showing unlike previous bottles I've had of the 95. Did not shine quite as I expected in a 5 Unico (82, 95, 98, 99, 2000) and 3 Riserva Especial (2009, 2010, and 2012 releases) vintage vertical. Did not have the complexity or fatness I've experienced from previous tastings of this excellent wine. Most likely bottle variance. Will have to retaste in future. Life sure is difficult savoring and writing these notes on these brilliant wines :) (2259 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 2/22/2013: The 95 continues to be very reserved, and I'd recommend holding these for at least five more years. So many Unicos are drinking better now, it seems a shame not to wait. (2441 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 2/19/2013 & rated 98 points: With an incredible nose of barbecue, smoke, charcoal, earth, black cherry jam, mint, thyme and earth, you know you are in for a special treat. On the palate, this wine coats your mouth with soft, velvet textured fruit. Perfectly ripe and over ripe plums, black raspberries, spice, jam and spearmint that seem to remain on your palate for close to 50 seconds. What great treat and an even better wine. I wish I owned some. (2470 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 12/2/2012 & rated 95 points: Powerful nose of cigar box, leather, BBQ sauce, tar, tobacco, ripe cassis, grilled meat, coffee... very refined tannins, mushrooms, red berries, cassis, meduim lenght, perfectly mature (2575 views)
 Tasted by the player on 11/24/2012 & rated 95 points: Fat, creamy forward fruit, velvety and rich. What a treat. See previous notes for details. (1985 views)
 Tasted by the player on 11/24/2012 & rated 95 points: What a treat, this wine never disappoints. Fat, rich, creamy, velvety, see previous notes for more details. Outstanding. (2168 views)
 Tasted by the player on 9/10/2012 & rated 95 points: Outstanding class, see previous notes. Drinking very nicely. (2474 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, September/October 2006, IWC Issue #128
(Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/26/2008)
(Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único) Vega Sicilia Unico vertical dinner: dark red violet color; tight lavender, currant and black fruit nose; lovely currant and tangy black fruit palate, tight and young yet; long finish  96 points
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, Bringing the Thunder, Episode #240 (5/22/2007)
(VEGA SICILIA UNICO) #4; VaynerPAZZZ (based on QPR); COLOR-great rounded red; NOSE-very grainy (barley soup, corn stalks), Grapenuts, hint of Balsamic vinegar; TASTE-some really intriguing Sherry-type flavors, caramel-butterscotch on the finish, medium bodied, great dark flavors that mellow quickly (blueberries transforming into strawberries), really nice wine, polished and elegant, but a little light & shallow for me (like meeting the Queen, but she has no depth to her conversation); JM-97; GV-91  91 points
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Tempranillo Blend

Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero, but is also grown as far afield as Mexico and Australia.

As a flavor profile, red fruits like strawberries and cherries can predominate - but with a rustic edge. Many wines made from Tempranillo will spend a few years in barrel and bottle before reaching the consumer. Many Tempranillo-based wines see a few years of oak - add that to a few years of bottle and the wine can give a subtle - and occasionaly not-so-subtle - leathery mouthfeel. The combination of the tart fruit and tannins make this wine very food friendly.

Spain

Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia

Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.

Castilla y León

Castilla y León Wine (Turismo Castilla y León )

Ribera del Duero

El Corazón del Duero - The Heart of Duero (Consejo Regulador de la D.O. Ribera del Duero)

 
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