September 23, 2020 - Small blind sip. Knew it was Unico guessed 96. Very strong showing. American oak apparent but what a lovely wine behind... wow and then some.
August 15, 2020 - As always VS impresses with a bold, open and complex nose. Very elegant and long. Mouthfeel as a mature bordeaux but a llttle bit sweeter.
March 22, 2020 - Awesome
January 6, 2020 - Alma with Ellen & James: Ben & Bernie’s bottle - enticing nose of black fruits, violets, wet flowers, tobacco, spices. Palate of black fruits, red fruits, black cherries, dried violets, raisins, tobacco leaves, black tea, soil, with a tinge of smoky wood. Tobacco leaf and green pepper on the finish which was very long. So much depth yet weightless on the palate. Kept getting better over the night, with tertiaries of dried roses and leather. Hedonistic. Just amazing - too early in the year to call a wine of the year? But definitely WOTN for me.
January 3, 2020 - Saturated, deep ruby throughout. A hint of pine and blackberry jam. Dense and glycerine-enveloping feel. Black and blue fruit, perfectly ripe, round tannins, some herb. Tremendous freshness for its age, but not nearly mature, and showing quite primary. Give it another 20+ years to unwind.
December 18, 2019 - Our Philly Wine Group's Spanish/Portuguese Dinner (Mixto Restaurante, Phila., PA USA): Brought by Steve to our Philly Wine group’s Spanish/Portuguese dinner at Mixto Restaurante in Philadelphia. This was decanted for only a short time at the restaurant before everyone jumped in...I had the last taste about 3 hours later. This was truly a monumental wine, perfectly balancing power and elegance. It was medium to dark garnet with no visible bricking. The nose was forward, if not quite effusive, with lots of earthy elements as well as rich red and black fruit. While oak influence I’d detected it is by no means power the top or disruptive to the overall experience. It had medium+ to high acidity and medium- tannin. If I had any slight criticism it was that the fruit while layered was very hard to identify with red and black fruit clearly present but it didn’t scream well defined flavors like “blackberry” or “black plum” or “red cherry”...nevertheless this was an incredibly complex wine that was richly textured, with earth, fruit, cedar and spice flavors and a very long minute+ finish. Impeccably balanced...rich, bold, bright and energetic all at the same time. This was the WOTN for the majority of the 9 in attendance, including me. Thanks for bringing it Steve!
December 18, 2019 - Decanted at Mixto for an hour. Lovely nose of tobacco, hints of cedar. Tremendous complexity on the nose and palate. On the palate smooth black fruit, oak, mineral. Delicious with calamari and mussels.
November 27, 2019 - Definite bucket list wine for me, thanks to the awesome King James for the taste. Incredible depth, reminiscent of good old classed growth Bordeaux, but perhaps better in some ways. Lots of complex dried black fruit but enough fresh fruit to keep you searching. Immense spice complexity in the mid, white and green, still showing lots of life left. Tannins are still present and coating but utterly balanced by that acidity, very fine grained in complexion and no drying on the palate. Definitely a strong savory pork fat character underpinning the palate throughout. An exquisite wine, and one perhaps worth the premium considering the complicated and time consuming wine making process VS is known for. One of the top wines of the world, no question. Gonna go find a newer vintage to lose at the bottom of my cellar.
October 22, 2019 - sexy nose. coconut, black fruits, plums. lovely structure and silky mouthfeel, nice use of oak, still so youthful.
October 19, 2019 - Marchant blind tasting. The 2004 was served in a pair next to the 1998. Dark ruby with purple hue, rich, ripe, lots of raspberry bonbon, toast, vanilla. The 1998 showed additional cassis notes. Ripe wines but the acidic balance works here. I rarely drink wines this ripe, so I was pretty clueless what it was. Wrote down “probably something like a Carrignan or Malbec from South America”. Unico it was. Score higher if you like this style.