PnP. Gorgeous. #2 wine of the night behind a 1964 Chateau Latour. Other 1964 opened included 2 Cheval Blanc, G. Mascarelo, Lopez de Heredia horizontal (Bianco, Bosconia, Tondonia), G. Conterno, Chapoutier La Sizeranne.
Agree with "B. Dylan" -with whom I drank this wine- on description. The wine was amazingly powerful and complex, but this oxidative, sherry-like character was so surprising to me. I have to admit that I am not familiar with this type of wine. I could not tell if this was a bottle-specific feature or a characteristic of Vega-Sicilia Unico of that time, since those I have tasted from the 1990's and the 2000 were totally different. Nevertheless, it was absolutely drinkable and enjoyable in its own right. Really dense, with an endless aftertaste.
Very strange wine. Colour was very dark, almost opaque and brown with some garnet. Nose very much like a Sherry Oloroso. Fully mature aromas of ink, deep-deep stewed fruit, oxidative sherry notes, molasses and ground coffee beans. In the mouth it is full bodied with sweet supple mouthcoating texture and tannins which have softened but are still there. Flavours are intense with roasted coffee beans on the foreground, walnuts, dried fruit, molasses. Length is memorable, nutty flavours open up in the mouth and last unendingly... Huge extract, this wine must have been a monster at youth. Not easy to appreciate the almost Sherry Oloroso-like style of the wine if encountered for the first time, lacks the elegance and charm of Lopez de Heredia Rioja of the same vintage with which it was drank together, but has immense power and character.
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(Vega Sicilia Unico) Tempranillo 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Merlot, Malbec, Albillo 20%. This has a moderate depth of colour, with quite a tawny hue. Some volatile acidity on the nose, obviously very mature, with some sweet aromatics. A mature palate. Still has firm acidity, with a rounded, almost velvety mouthfeel - by no means has this dried out. Leathery notes. Wonderful persistence on the finish.
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