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2000 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único
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Community Tasting Notes 34
October 10, 2014 - Dinner @ YW's place (Chez YW): Whoa, fireworks on the nose! Bramble, tar, chocolate... We had this side-side the Usseglio Deux Freres, and this could definitely hold its own (palate-wise) - complex, savory & meaty, all delivered in a smooth package, with freshness to boot and a good length. Only snag is that it (all these impressions) didn't last too long (that I hoped it to) in the glass; Shut-down? Still, a good wine that can use more cellar time.
Shiaxonna wrote: (92 points)
April 30, 2014 - Tasted blind. Deep, dark color. Complex and magic nose, but at this stage of the evening I cannot recall exactly how the nose was. Palate was very powerful and with strong, integrated tannins. This one had a massive palate, and it took some time before we landed on spain, and somebody said Vega-Sicilia. Wonderful!
April 8, 2014 - @ Sampler Tasting 04/2014 - aged in 50% French/50% American new oak! then used barrels and then large vats for a total of 6-8 years. Finally 3 years in bottle prior to release. From magnum. Slightly more muted by comparison to the 2002 which preceded it. However, still fragrant and enticing. Supple palate with fine fruit and spicy notes which feels rounder and more complete perhaps.
KPB wrote: (92 points)
February 2, 2014 - Nicely balanced but perhaps a bit too tannic (and don't bet on them melting away...). Orange peel, warm red currents and vanilla, with a sweet crème de caramel note Long palate is a bit tart and slightly dry due to assertive tannins.
bugdoced Likes this wine: (97 points)
January 27, 2014 - wow yet again
tart strawberries and spanish earth that evolved yet remained consistent throughout the evening
appreciated by all and for good reason
Aren't the best meals when the wine cost more than the food?
Agree that this is in it's youth
Pro Reviews 6
By Jancis Robinson, MW
(Vega Sicilia, Único Ribera del Duero Red) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine
September 2011, Issue #33 (link)
(Vega-Sicilia Único) Subscribe to see review text.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Josh Raynolds
September/October 2010, Issue #152 (link)
(Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
4/12/2014 (link) 94 points
(Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único) Bricking dark red violet color; mature, tobacco, cigar box, tar nose; tasty, creamy textured, tart black currant, tart berry, raspberry puree, tar, tobacco, espresso, licorice palate; should go 30 years; long finish
By Chris Kissack
October 2010 (link) 19+ points
(Vega Sicilia Unico (Ribera del Duero)) Even before we have a taste this wine has a remarkable story; a green harvest taking 40% of the crop, a yield thereafter of 20 hl/ha, and seven years in vat and barrel before release in 2009. The blend is 93% Tempranillo and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. A great, sweet, concentrated fruit nose here. Fabulously concentrated aromatic character, with layers of red and back fruits, sweet and well delineated, with a lifted freshness despite all those years in wood. It also has that complex, meaty, spicy-savoury beef stock element to the fruit that can make the wines of this region so fascinating. Superb character. On the palate it is broad, warming, concentrated and still remarkably tannic, but also very balanced and correct. Great breadth and depth, all very well defined with evolving complexity already. This very fine effort will go for decades. Superb, a vin de garde I would be delighted to have in the cellar.
By John Kapon
Bipin's Thanksgiving, 1/21/2008
(Vega Sicilia Unico) The also yet-to-be-released 2000 Unico was very black peppery in the nose, possessing great t ‘n a as well as touches of chocolate. It reminded me of a Guigal single-vineyard Cote Rotie with its dense purple fruit, kisses of bacon and white and black pepper. This was actually the first public tasting of this wine, which is ‘not for sale until 2010!’ Pablo exclaimed. There was indubitably great raw material here; its acidity and minerality were exquisite. Curiously, I guess I must have been feeling frisky, I wrote, ‘I will not rate this wine since it is three years prior to release, and I don’t want to get arrested lol.’
- Vintage 2000
- Type Red
- Producer Bodegas Vega-Sicilia
- Varietal Tempranillo Blend
- Designation Único
- Vineyard n/a
- Country Spain
- Region Castilla y León
- SubRegion n/a
- Appellation Ribera del Duero
- Pending Delivery 66 (3%)
- In Cellars 1758 (76%)
- Consumed 482 (21%)