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Community Tasting Notes (50) Avg Score: 93.5 points

  • Vega Sicilia Unico Dinner with Pablo Alvarez (Betony): Pleasant nose, bigger and warmer than that on the '02, gaining some expression but still big and young overall. Big tannic palate. Hot and ripe. Don't love drinking this, although it is drinkable now as opposed to the '07 and '04, which are not.

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  • So balanced, plus a strong acid spine. This wine is like so many others, yet different. In the way that really great wines somehow escape definition this does. Does it hit the absolute pinnacle of great wine? No, it doesn't. It has fruit, not dominated by oak. It has tannin, but not invasive. It isn't green (wait you mean wine isn't green). It's good, special and yet not transformative. I wish it were half the cost per bottle. Of course I wish I were 6 feet tall too.

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  • Huge nose of iodine, cedar wood, sandalwood, incense, characoal... Nice tannins, but lacking a bit of fruit, very classic Bordeaux style!

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  • Drank at 67
    Rich complex nose and body with mellow toffee notes. Very Long. WOW

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  • 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.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2010, IWC Issue #152, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Kapon
    Bipin's Thanksgiving, 1/21/2008

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/12/2014, (See more on 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, (See more on Winedoctor...) 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.

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