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Community Tasting Notes (19) Avg Score: 94.5 points

  • Pre Davos Wine Forum tasting (Zumikon, Switzerland): Was this an off bottle? The nose was a bit oxidized and funky. Dark color. A BIG palate, tannic, loaded with cranberry, iron, cassis and gunpowder. There is a dryness here that bespeaks something other than Cabernet for sure.

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  • Remarkable wine; looks and drinks nothing like it's 52 years. So much so that I worry I was drinking a fake (although the bottle and aged cork would be hard to fake and the source of the bottle was top notch). As another poster said, ruby red and no brown - like an 07 burgundy I think he wrote. Lots of cherry in the nose (like a burg), plum, assorted berries, a bit of cinnamon. Rich and medium bodied. red jammy and focused on the palate. Raspberries. Rhubarb. 30 second finish. Dare I say it, the wine is youthful and perhaps it is even early to open it. I reserved a glass and drank it three hours after opening the bottle, it was still improving. All told though, I like the 2004 Unico better as I think it has more complexity and richness.

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  • SS's birthday celebration at Garibaldi. The colour was unbelievably young for a wine of 52 years. Bright red, not even the slightest hint of any browning, even at the rim. This honestly looked like a Burgundy from Vogue from say 2007. The nose was extremely perfumed, with lots of red roses, tart cherries and minerals. Palate was extremely balanced, still with a fair amount of tannins, round, silky, and refined. There was lots of primary young ripe fruit like freshly plucked strawberries, cherries, raspberries and orange cream. I must add that this wine kept evolving in the glass, and as the night ended, this was the one holding up the best, and it was 52 years of age! As the wine developed, I got lots of chocolate powder, mocha, cedar, plums, prunes, fresh leather, scorched earth. This all appeared at different times whenever I visited the glass. This wine was worth its weight in gold.

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    De color cereza granatoso de capa media-alta, tapado, muy extraído para su edad. No parece un vino con más de 50 años a sus espaldas. Reflejos anaranjados y rojizos, brillante. Borde amplio, cobrizo, con gran diferencia respecto al menisco.

    De una profundidad telúrica creando un auténtico seísmo en copa. Uno de esos vinos que lo justifican todo, más allá de discusiones sobre precios y comparativas. Está por encima de lo perfecto. Es de una elegancia estratosférica, etéreo, no pisa el suelo en ningún momento... Veamos: bouquet aristocrático a salón de fumadores, cava de puros, maderas nobles, sillones de cuero y un espectacular fondo de fruta licorosa más propia de los viejos Porto colheita. Hay una ligera bruma de especiados en el que se funde el clavo, la nuez moscada y un pizca de ahumados. Es de una pureza y finura difícil de imaginar.

    En boca es fresco, firme, lleno de fruta roja fresca y madura, ligeramente especiado. Qué entereza y juventud!! Todo está perfectamente engarzado, en perfecto orden, mostrando un conjunto vivo, vibrante, de sobrada acidez. Lo mejor de todo es que aún tiene muchos años por delante para dar un último paso y alcanzar el nirvana de los vinos. Una excelente manera de despedir un mes de agosto repleto de grandes catas de vinos clásicos. Estos viejos Vega Sicilia justifican su fama con creces y en formato magnum nos ofrecen el doble de alegrías.

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    70% tinto fino, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, malbec y albillo - 13.5% vol.
    Uva procedente únicamente de viñedos propios. Tras finaliza la fermentación alcohólica es trasegado a grandes envases de madera en los que realiza la fermentación maloláctica y se estabiliza durante 5 años. Sometido a 10 años de crianza en barricas de roble de 225 litros. Producción limitada a 87.600 botellas bordelesas y 2.200 magnum.
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  • Earthy, smoky and intense and so fresh and youthful for a 50+ year old wine. Goregeous ripe dark fruits combined with a touch of volatile acidity to show off a great vintage of Unico. This wine is harmonious and layered and almost olive-oil laced in its texture. The finish is amazingly complex with notes of figs and carob. Perfectly mature and should for quite some time.

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  • By John Kapon
    Epic European Vacation, 9/6/2011 94+ points

    (Vega Sicilia Unico) A 1962 Vega Sicilia Unico had a creamy, exotic nose of caramel, coconut and coffee.  It was nutty in a macadamia-brittle way.  The palate was round, soft and tasty, with a warm, smooth finish.  It was as seductive as the Lafleur, but not as powerful.  Someone remarked that the Unico was ‘coarse’ next to the Lafleur (94+).
  • By John Kapon
    Bad Boy Birthday Bash, 7/16/2009 95M points

    (Vega Sicilia Unico) A 1962 Vega Sicilia Unico was delicious. Rich and headstrong, possessing classic Unico leather, kink, egg and meaty fruit, this magnum jumped off the page at the end of the night for its richness and vigor. It flirted with oaky but ended up being good ol’ fashioned good wood
  • By John Kapon
    Bipin's Thanksgiving, 1/21/2008 95 points

    (Vega Sicilia Unico) The 1962 Unico had a similar nose yet nuttier and more intense. Its caramel aromas seemed hand-made by David Bouley versus the ‘Kraft’ of the 1974. And I love Kraft caramels, so don’t misinterpret! There was a morning sunshine quality to the wine, this oatmeal, grits and whey thing, with a pat of butter, all drenched in more caramel. There were flavors of both chocolate and caramel and a rich mouthfeel to the ’62, which was still light on its feet. Polished like a fine jewel, there was amazing freshness and concentration to the ’62, whose acidity was still very ‘high,’ as Delmas observed. Citrus came out on its finish

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