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  • By John Kapon
    Bipin's Thanksgiving, 1/21/2008 96 points

    (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


  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2003, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18+ points

    (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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