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2011 Vega Sicilia Unico

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RATINGS

98James Suckling

Very ripe with plum, spice and dried-flower aromas, as well as chocolate, fresh flowers and sandalwood. Coffee and hints of meat... Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and an intense, juicy feel. Unique cedar and walnut undertones. So delicious...

96The Wine Advocate

...has a developed nose with some notes of ripe black fruit, meat and underbrush, somewhat herbal and perfumed.

96Vinous / IWC

An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, vanilla, pipe tobacco, exotic spices, cola and potpourri. Deeply concentrated and energetic on the palate, offering smoke-laced black currant, cherry liqueur, spicecake and mocha flavors that display outstanding clarity... Polished, steadily building tannins frame the finish, which hangs on with outstanding, mineral- and floral-driven tenacity.

95Wine Spectator

This concentrated, harmonious red packs in a lot of flavor, with plum, mountain herb, leather and spice notes woven together with cedar and vivid mineral elements tracing along the finish...tannins are nicely integrated, with good balance and finesse overall.

18.5Jancis Robinson

...subtle, polished and delicate style... Great complexity and balance, with deep aromas of cedar, cigar box, incense. Tertiary profile and with fruit that has evolved and is fully integrated into the wine. A vintage that's all about perfume.

REGION

Spain, Castilla-Leon, Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero is, in the words of wine writer Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson, “the modern red wine miracle of northern Spain.” In 2012 Wine Enthusiast magazine named it the international wine region of the year. The appellation is a high, rocky plateau in north/central Spain that follows the Duero River for 60 miles before the river passes into Portugal, where it becomes the famous Douro River, then flows into the Atlantic Ocean. There are more than 60,000 vineyard acres in the appellation and only red wines are produced under appellations regulations. Low rainfall, hot days, many hours of sunlight and harsh winters produce grapes of great depth and flavor. Ribera de Duero’s reputation owes much to Vega Sicilia, a 150-year old estate known both for its excellent traditional red wines and its willingness to innovate with the times. Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fino, is the dominant red grape in the appellation, and it is often blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec or Merlot. The highly acclaimed Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez, world famous for its Tinto Pesquera, is also in Ribera del Duero. The appellation status was awarded in 1982.