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Community Tasting Notes (12) Avg Score: 92.4 points

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2015/01/vega-sicilia-unico-1983.html
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    De color rubí granatoso de capa media-alta, extraído, hermético, limpio, apenas sin precipitados. Reflejos rojizos y ambarinos, brillante. Ribete escualido, mínimo, atejado, con mucha diferencia respecto al menisco.

    Un Vega Sicilia que hace honor a la regularidad de la bodega, a eso de que no hay añada mala. Eso sí, éste es igualmente curioso y distinto. Se presenta con fuerte concentración que en poco o nada se parece al resto de Único de su década ni de los que vendrán más adelante. Asoma una desconcertante nota de arrope, azúcar caramelizado, toffee, que va abriendo paso a fruta en compota, membrillo, pajeretes, y unas maderas finísimas que se perciben entre bambalinas, tan discretas como elegantes y sutiles. Crece en intensidad, en notas de tueste, al mejor café, ahumados, sumándose una retahíla de térreos muy puros y salón de fumadores, ceniza, tripas de habano, tapetes de cuero, maderas nobles, chimenea... Hubo quien dijo que hay un abuso de la crianza y que el exceso de madera oculta los defectos...

    En boca tenemos la constatación de su plena integración. Mantiene el equilibrio sin apenas esfuerzo, sedoso, envolvente, cremoso, pero sobre todo es elegante!! Tiene esos taninos mullidos de VS que lo hacen reconocible. Un tinto accesible que está ahora mismo en un momento excelente de consumo y que no creemos que vaya a más en el futuro.

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    65% tinto fino, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 10% malbec y merlot
    Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
    - Una vez terminado el proceso de fermentación y el invierno, se coloca el vino en tinos de madera de gran capacidad, donde permanece un año. Trasegado a barricas nuevas de roble de 225 litros en los que realiza una crianza de 8 meses. Nuevamente es trasegado para continuar el proceso de maduración en barricas semi-nuevas durante 24 meses. Pasa 3 años más en barricas usadas hasta finalizar su largo periodo de crianza con una nueva permanencia de 3 años en tinos de madera vieja de gran capacidad. Producción limitada a 42.100 botellas bordelesas (comercializadas entre 1994 y 1995) y 2.000 magnum (comercializadas a lo largo de 1999).
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  • SAG (Blind) Tasting (Chez Weber - Chicago IL): Tasted double blind. Big powerhouse of a wine with great spice. Dark, dense and slightly lush but with all elements in balance. Much better than another bottle (probably from the same case) from last year.

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  • A bit more developed than the previous wines with a funky dark fruit nose. Quite taut on the palate but kept opening up to reveal copious amounts of concentrated black fruits with notes of coffee, and chocolate fudge. Quite rip and decadent on the finish with scorched earth, truffle and mineral notes. Rich and yet with an underlying core of steel. A paradoxical wine but one that is ultimately delicious and should continue to age well.

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  • Black fruits and berries with a background smokiness. Coal, tar, earth, white and black pepper. Decanted for 1.5 hours. I was in the minority in liking this wine so much, and thinking that on this evening at least it slightly outcompeted the '86. May not have the longevity of the '86 but still has a lot of time ahead of it.

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  • Skränmunkarna May 2014 (Minervaskolan, Umeå, Sweden.): Blinded guess:
    Simple Rioja GR from mid 90'ies.

    Dark red with slight signage of beginning maturity.
    Nose is rich with leather and a dominant spicy set of aromas, including: mint, dill, Nepeta and Swedish glögg.
    In the mouth, this is a maturing, non-complex slightly acidic bagatelle. Delicious and goes well with both garlic- and sardine-stuffed olives.

    After learning the label: this emperor is naked. A Vega Sicilian face-plant (if you look at the price and pedigree) but a quite delicious wine in the same league as simpler Rioja GR with some age to them.

    No high scores from the 'real' chritics, so we concluded that this btl was representative and just accept that 1983 is obviously not a very good vintage of this super hero label. Mega poor QPR but nevertheless delicious.

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