Vega Sicilia Dinner with Javier Ausas (Berry Bros & Rudd, London): Just about showing some evolution but this is really too young and its not to be approached at this stage. Cholcholate and caramel notes, lots of dark fruit, full and big but not overpowering. nice acidity but much like the much younger 2007 (Papies - NR) this is too young to rate. Nice to have come across it but really one needs to be opening early 90s of these wines, not younger. Will not rate at this stage.
Vega-Sicilia with Pablo Álvarez (Tenzing, Chicago): Crimson color. Exotic nose of fresh cut aloe. Dry, stony palate with lingering notes of Asian spices. This is more subdued than the quite forward 2004. Very Old World in style, this is not immediately arresting but provides subtly pleasurable drinking now.
The nose hear was amazing, an intense mix of raspberry and blackberry liquor, flowers, sweet soy, and licorice. When tasted, this was more bright cherry and spice than the nose indicated, but as it sat in the glass a backing of grilled beef became evident.
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