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Community Tasting Notes (60) Avg Score: 94.3 points

  • MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant De Burgemeester *, Linschoten, Netherlands): Old-fashioned, rich, quite oxidative nose, nutty, warm, concentrated and with more than a hint of hint of volatility, powerful but mature, rich tannins, not as impressive as I remember from my previous tasting in 2005 but a very solid, impressive Ribeira del Duero.

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  • Decanted 3 hrs. Improved in the glass fro the 2 1/2 hrs of Dinner. Dark dried berries with dusty rose , cigar and coffee nose. A lot of acid to keep things lively and tells me 25 years more of life left. Crazy long finish. This is one of those rare wine that gets stronger and deeper hour after hour in the glass. will most likely merit a higher score in the future.

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  • double decanted for a couple of hours. strangely subdued, especially drinking next to 89 conseillante. underlying fruit is there, but has it entered a shutdown phase?

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2014/10/vega-sicilia-unico-1989-magnum.html
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    Botella abierta con antelación y aireado durante casi un par de horas sin decantar. Por experiencia estos magnums de VS suelen necesitar un poco más de tiempo para que se abran respecto a la botella de 75 cl. Corcho extraordinario, sin apenas estar manchado, completamente elástico. Ya podrían aprender otras bodegas... De color cereza granatoso de capa media-alta, oscuro, tapado, limpísimo, sin precipitados y con gran sensación de juventud. Casi mancha la copa. Reflejos rojizos y violáceos, anaranjados, brillante. Ribete diminuto, marronoso.

    Sorprendente al comenzar a servirlo. Potente, directo, crudo, predominan los primarios por encima de todo: pétalos, jacinto, hibiscus, cerezas picotas y un montón de fruta roja en sazón. Este revolcón de juventud no está reñido con un conjunto que al ir respirando se muestra cada vez más elegante. Tostados de calidad, maderas de las buenas, un punto de cuero y rosas ajadas y popurrí de pimientas molidas de fondo. Lo que se ve es de gran calidad pero sin alcanzar el despliegue esperado. La sensación es que aún tiene que curtirse con más guarda en botella. Abierto prematuramente!!

    En boca está más hecho. Pleno, maduro, redondo, sin asomo de aristas. Está templado por una acidez refrescante y por un núcleo de fruta fresca. Los taninos se mantiene aún firmes. Tiene toda la parafernalia mullida propia de Vega Sicilia. Habrá que darle un mínimo de 15 años antes de abrirlo para disfrutarlo en plenitud. No sé si llegará a la altura del Único de 1960 o 1962 (me da a mi que no...). Hay buena materia prima pero no vale la pena darle matarile en este momento.

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    80% tinto fino, 20% cabernet sauvignon - 13.5% vol.
    Acabado el proceso de fermentación permanece durante 2 años en tinos de madera de gran capacidad. Trasegado a barricas nuevas de roble de 225 litros en los que realiza una crianza de 16 meses. Nuevamente trasegado para continuar el proceso de maduración en barricas semi-nuevas durante 24 meses. 3 años más en barricas usadas hasta finalizar su largo periodo de crianza con una nueva permanencia de 3 años en tinos de madera de gran capacidad. El resto en botella hasta su comercialización a partir del año 2003. Producción limitada a 105.860 botellas, 2.632 magnum y 150 doble magnum.
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  • Decanted 5 hours. Brooding black-purple semi translucent colour with heavy legs on the side of the glass. Nose is deep-ground black slab of 'light absorption' like in 2001 Space Odyssey....still so closed but brilliantly linear. It might open a crevice more in the next 20 years. Palate is OMG beautiful.....enormous depth of fully mature plums red and black. Black coal. Still closed and young despite the advanced nature of the initial fruit. Wonderful resonant and reverberative length that goes on for minutes. Hard to guage....I would say it's 20 years off its potential best. Thrilling.....the first from a case Greg and I bought together a couple of years ago from the winery.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2003, IWC Issue #109, (See more on Vinous...)

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

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/12/2014, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 97 points

    (Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único) Bricking dark red violet color; mature, tart currant, tobacco, anise, dried berry, cigar box nose; delicious, youthful, rich, creamy textured, roasted black fruit, espresso, baked berry, anise, cocoa, dried berry palate; long finish (80% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/8/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 96 points

    (Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único) Bricked medium dark red violet color; rich, evocative, dried berry, mushroom, autumnal, woodsy, tart nose; youthful, rich, complex, dried berry, tart black fruit, berry palate with medium acidity; long finish 96+ points

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (Vega Sicilia Unico (Ribera del Duero)) One of the handful of vintages of Unico I have tasted before, in this case seven years ago. The blend is 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. A lovely depth of colour to this, very concentrated at the core. A great nose too, open and evocative, perfumed and still showing a lot of sweet fruit, with a meaty, sweet-preserved meat edge. High-toned, bright, substantial and yet well defined and certainly elegant. The substance on the palate is remarkable, well honed, elegantly formed, broad, sweet and meaty, stylish, polished and very, very long. It culminates in an excellent length which rolls out across the palate. This is super stuff. I was too conservative in estimating a drinking window last time; this will go for years and years yet, but why wait?

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/26/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único) Vega Sicilia Unico vertical dinner: blackberry, black fruit and dill pickle (American oak) nose; tight, tart blackberry and black fruit palate with high acidity; medium-plus finish

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Bipin's Thanksgiving, 1/21/2008 93 points

    (Vega Sicilia Unico) Our final decade of Unico was represented by the 1989 Unico. The nose was peppery again, but there was more of a leathery kink here, and one could finally start to see again more of the classic typicity of Unico. Though dominated by pepper, the wine still had that caramel flesh and was just starting to show itself. ‘Fitting that the wine would be eighteen years old,’ I playfully wrote. Prats found ‘a touch too much oak’ in the ’89, but there was still nice spice, citrus and acidity here
  • By John Kapon
    Paris a la Mode with Dr. Desai, 9/19/2005 94 points

    (Vega Sicilia Unico) was actually 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet. That extra 5% seemed to make a difference, as there was nice cedar to the nose and more of a Cab-like impression that it left. Tobacco, chocolate and dried herbs were some of its signature aromas, along with slate and vanilla spice. There was great power to the wallop of a finish and a gritty, plummy and earthy flavor profile. It was amazing how each of the first three wines were both big and elegant. Someone noted 'spearmint' and how the finish was 'absolutely beautiful, smooth and satiny, kicking in and out'

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2003, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Vega Sicilia Unico) Tempranillo 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%. A dense youthful colour, just fading a little at the rim. Definite familial character on the nose - aniseed and cloves again, but with plenty of dense, sweet, perfumed fruit. It shows more maturity on the palate than the 1991. Mouthfilling, somewhat less silky, but still delightfully textured. Lovely weight, a meaty feel to it. Still some tannin in the finish. Approachable now, maybe better in a year or two. Should drink well for five to eight years plus.

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