I see so high scores from other tasters so I'm not going to score it myself for two reasons, first it came after 10 bottles (the two previous being a 2004 Romanee Conti Richebourg and the other a 2003 Lafite) of other wine so palate fatigue did not allow me to fully appreciate and secondly although typical Vega with VA and dark fruit, mollases etc., it had a mouldy aroma which could possibly be a fault of that particular bottle.
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(Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único) Dark red violet color; smoky, tart currant nose with a touch of TCA; tart plum, currant and spice palate; medium-plus finish (I think the palate was impacted by the TCA as well, as I would have expected greater depth of flavor than this bottle was showing)
(Vega Sicilia "Unico") This was a stunner. Nose of cherries, earth, charcoal, wood burning-oven (like that smell when you walk into Gramercy Tavern) and loads of minerals. Very complex. The palate had incredible concentration of sweet cherry fruit and tremendous depth. Long finish that went on forever. Great Unico and blew away the '90 which was my benchmark (and only!) Unico until this.
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