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2000 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único
- Castilla y León
- Ribera del Duero
Community Tasting Notes 46
Drdan8 Does not like this wine: (84 points)
March 19, 2016 - Purchased this bottle from a reputable merchant with assured provenance several years ago. Stored at 5 degrees elevation at 56 and 70% avg humidity in an active cellar. Decanted to a wide bowl decanter for 2 hours after coming to room temperature. No detectable faults on the nose such as TCA, Brett, etc... In fact the wine had an intriguing nose of crushed blueberry, menthol, vanilla taffy, and sweet sugar plums. When it hit the taste buds the dissapointment started. Highly acrid and bitter with little fruit suggestion. Similar to an aged left bank claret with none of the secondary notes of truffle, leather, soil, or pleasant tertiary nuance. Maybe this needs more bottle time but I am not seeing the evolution here. If you love Ribera wines you will be better off with the beautiful Emilio Moro single vineyards ( eg... Sanchomartin ) at one third the tariff. I realize these are collectible wines, but I enjoy consuming great wine at this price point rather than just admiring labels.
Derek Darth Taster wrote:
March 12, 2016 - Vega Sicilia Unico Tasting (Crystal Wines): Wine aired in decanter for 3 hours then poured back into bottle before tasting. Not rated as had only 1 glass.
Appearance is clear, deep intensity, purplish ruby colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of fresh blackberries and blueberries, blackcurrant fruit pastilles, spice, cedar wood, menthol. Youthful.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol (14%), fine high tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrant, spice, cedar wood, menthol, hints of green leafiness. Long finish.
Very good quality. Dark black fruit character. Cabernet Sauvignon more obvious here. Feels quite Left Bank Bordeaux-like. At this point in time, this is just shy of being monolithic. Drink in 7-8 years' time. May become like aged claret?1 person found this helpful Comment
Collector1855 wrote: (86 points)
March 12, 2016 - During a merchant vertical tasting. I am not a big fan of this wine in general and this tasting has confirmed it. This wine is far too oxidative for my taste, the tannins are often drying as well and there is a general lack of freshness, "eclat de fruit" and sappyness. One co-taster next to me put it perfectly: It tastes like 1/3 rustic Bordeaux, 1/3 old Burgundy and 1/3 Madeira.
Tasting note: Dark garnet. Discrete but oxidative nose of earth and wood. Enters the palate rather drying and lean with some green tones as well. Wow, this is much worse than the other sample and takes the dryness and rusticity to a new level. I don't think this will every be something even if the tannins age further as what little is left from the fruit will die as well.2 people found this helpful Comment
Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: (94 points)
January 30, 2016 - Black with an earth developed looking rim.
Incredibly rich yet elegant, blood, meat stock, coffee, earth, game, black fruits, violet floral lift.
Silky smooth, super rich, finishes with very fine tannins. Lovely structure. Flavours are very rich and quite developed. Blood, coffee, meat stock, plums and blackcurrant. Absolutely delicious. Like a powerful aged chateauneuf. Quite developed for its age but drinking beautifully nonetheless.1 person found this helpful Comment
azzah Likes this wine: (93 points)
January 5, 2016 - Thought this was pretty good without being mind blowing. Really vibrant and alive fruits and secondary flavours - raspberry, blackberry, earth, leather, tobacco, herbs - they almost dance along your tongue. Silky tannins. Really in form at 16 years old and no need to wait for my tastes.
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)
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By Josh Raynolds
September/October 2010, IWC Issue #152 (link)
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By John Kapon
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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.
- 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 53 (2%)
- In Cellars 1,951 (74%)
- Consumed 635 (24%)