Amazing. Drank with Russell and Heather Roberts at Molino del Palacios in Peñafiel Ribera del Duero. Great evening enjoyed lechuza. The owners of Vega Sicilia eat at that restaurant and trade wine for food so we got it for €240. Awesome evening, got a bit tipsy.
A private dinner (Restaurant Elkano *, Getaria, Spain): Very expressive and impressive nose, open for business, rich, deep and complex, oak and fruit, roasted tomato, hint of balsamic, spice box, warm but nothing overripe or raisiny; velvety texture, rich and powerful but not tarry, beautifully balanced and fresh, savoury, ripe but firm, finely-grained tannins sheathed in flesh, stylish, hint of vanilla; excellent length. A resounding success in a very challenging vintage. A stunning drink right now and the perfect foil for Elkano's famous whole grilled turbot. It should live happily for another two decades at least.
Vega-Sicilia with Pablo Álvarez (Tenzing, Chicago): Crimson color. Massively meaty nose with ripe tomato and baking spice aromas. This has a palate that incorporates a densely floral, perfumed flavor, finishing with smooth and well-integrated but supportive tannins. Surprising and superb, this is the equal of the similarly intriguing 2004 and better than the more reticent 2002. I would gratefully enjoy this for the next decade, given the chance.
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(Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único) Dark red violet color; lifted, licorice, dark chocolate, chocolate cake, tobacco nose; rich, medium-plus bodied, creamy textured, tart black fruit, roasted black fruit, tar, roast coffee, tart dark chocolate palate with good acidity; long finish 93+ points
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