Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind. Incredible aromatic start of dried rose, mushroom, cigarbox, espresso, red cherry. Flavors of mushroom, lingering red cherry, licorice and pepper wit no signs of oxidation. i thought this from the 60s or early 70s, others thought it even younger. Bottle fill was into the neck. Lots of acid really came through middle to finish, perhaps a bit prominent, but helping give great texture. Long finish. Thanks, Kevin!
Birthyear wine. Pristine bottle with great provenance. Difficult to put into words. Very dark with bricking, but appears MUCH younger than 68. Licorice, leather, tobacco, coffee, cigar box…on and on with different aromas. No hint whatsoever of oxidation ( even the next day). So complex. Very ripe with sweet dark fruits on the palate. Lengthy finish. Thank you Jon!! Red wine of the night for me and a very unique wine experience.
Vega-Sicilia library wines with proprieters and Michael Broadbent (Christies NYC): Tawny color - clean and clear. A light funk on the nose that blew off in a few minutes. This wine started with acid notes on the nose that developed into tea aromas. The palate was the winner of these older wines. It had sherry and Madeira qualities once again. The balance was Devine. Slight singed qualities - again scorched earth and time.. A strong tea flavor developed and I enjoy this wine over the next 30 minutes with some hints of nutty and tree bark nuances. Delightful.
Vega Sicilia Masterclass with Xavier Ausas (London): My empty bottle says a mere 12,000 bottles made. 75% tempranillo, 15% cabernet sauvignon. Of course it looks fully mature, with an orangey rim, but it's certainly not overly brickish. Some volatile acidity on the nose and I suppose naturally enough a bit of oxidation, but rather interesting with some complex depths and a touch port-like. On the palate, it's difficult to believe this is 61 years old: there is so much life and vitality and there's still plenty of red fruit in there. Soft buttery tannins with a sweetness of fruit to it. I found a touch of spirit on the finish.
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(Vega Sicilia Unico) The 1942 Unico showed us how the level of complexity increases with age for Unico. Each of the first four Unicos were so similar that this flight was like watching a flower blossom over the course of an entire Spring season. In the ’42, the coffee qualities took a decadent, liqueur-like edge, and it had rich, toffee-like qualities. Delmas preferred the younger pair in this first flight, finding the older pair a bit dry. I couldn’t help but wonder if those that make (and review) wines are more partial to younger wines since circumstance dictates that that is with what they are most familiar. The flavors were more coffee, and garden joined the party, and again the sweetness and acidity stood out. Cracked white pepper emerged with time in this also stellar Unico
(Vega Sicilia Unico) Tempranillo 75%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Merlot, Malbec, Albillo 10%. A fine, tawny hue. Rich nose, full of coffee and toffee aromas. Volatile acidity again obvious here. Rich, balanced and mature, with a velvety texture. Coffee notes on the finish, although it is marred by slightly prominent acidity at this point. But what a length - it goes on and on and on! Rich and powerful rather than elegant or balanced. Showing some signs of losing it I feel - but it has done remarkably well to last this long and I can't mark it down for what are merely the signs of old age.
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