Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Gran Reserva Tinto 1998

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain

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Item No. 95685
  • RP98
  • ST96
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2003
  • WS94
  • RP94
  • 1990
  • RP96
  • 1987
  • RP95
  • 1986
  • WE98
  • WS95
  • 1981
  • RP96
  • WE94
  • WS93
  • 1975
  • RP95
  • 1970
  • RP97
  • WS92
  • 1968
  • RP94
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Winemaker's Notes

It comes from the oldest vines on the property and in its composition, in addition to tempranillo are cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Although it is old, it maintains as a lively red wine. It has an intense ripe cherry color. Hints of toasted wood notes.

Critical Acclaim

"The 1998 Unico is purple-colored with a complex bouquet of wood smoke, violets, Asian spices, mineral, blueberry, and assorted black fruits. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, loaded wine with gobs of sweet fruit, great concentration, and layers of flavor. It will continue to evolve for another 5-7 years and drink well through 2040+. "
98 Points

"Ruby-red. Exotic aromas of red and dark fruits, iron, dried flowers, cured meat and tobacco are strongly reminiscent of a top vintage of Chateau Haut-Brion. Luscious cherry and cassis flavors display a superb balance of depth and structure, offering noteworthy power but a weightless quality that is simply uncanny. Candied flowers, smoky minerals and vanilla bean add complexity and extend through an endless finish. I'd love to sneak this into a tasting of 1998 Saint-Emilion and Graves wines in ten years or so."
96 Points

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ivann - Washington, DC (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/27/2010)
Intense tannins and minerals but very smooth. Decant in advance. It is not a Rioja as it is labeled by wine.com, but a truly masterpiece from the Rivera del Duero.
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The foundations of Vega Sicilia's traditions may be found as far back as 1859, when Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves was gifted an estate by his wealthy father. The origins of the Vega Sicilia winery are officially regarded as 1864, which was when Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves returned from his travels in Bordeaux with vine cuttings, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Carmenere - all...

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Learn About Ribera del Duero

(rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh) Only a DO since 1982, Ribera del Duero has been making wine for centuries, and some of the bodegas there have been family run for generations. Of course, the most famous wine of the region is Vega Sicilia, possibly the most expensive and sought-after wine in Spain. Notable Facts The wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red - white wines here are...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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