Fairly reticent on the nose but with strong color. Just tight and a bit unforgiving tonight but with a little coaxing I can taste a core of dark fruits and inner mouth perfume. This is more Burgundy versus the '70 which is more Bordeaux. The finish is a bit tight but with beautiful notes of spice and minerals. In the end, this bottle just wasn't expressive enough for me to compete with the best vintages we drank.
Blackberry and plum on the nose, with hints of sweet spice and black pepper. Smooth on the palate. Fell short of the '70 on this evening. May require another decade of further evolution. Served without a decant, consumed over 1.5 hours. 96+
Lush, round, dense and rich, this exotic, powerful, intense wine builds with layer after layer of ripe black cherries, smoke, earth and spice. Served blind, it was hard to believe this wine is not far from 50 years of age. Now, if only I could afford it, or find more friends with bottles in their cellar...
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(Vega Sicilia Unico) The end was near, as we finally left France with a pair of Unico magnums. The 1968 Vega Sicilia Unico was rich and smooth with that leathery kink unique to the wines of Spain. Ben found it ‘rustic,’ and someone else observed ‘faint raspberry’
(Vega Sicilia Unico) Consistent with the bottle that I had last week – sorry, I just had to throw that in there. I told you I was still tasting quite a bit despite my lack of writing of late! It was also consistent with the bottle I had three days later at my third ‘Top 100’
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