Based on 84 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 95 points Wine Advocate "...it has a comparatively introspective bouquet with blackberry, warm gravel, blood orange and raspberry coulis. It opens nicely with aeration although it retains some of its saturnine nature that was apparently remarked upon its release. The palate is medium-bodied with an attractive, edgy bitter note on the entry. The tannins are a little coarse compared to other vintages but harmonious in the mouth. It is interwoven by edgy, crisp acidity with touches of cooked meat and mandarin, plus a little liquorice towards the sappy, succulent finish. (NM)" 93 points John Gilman "...offering up scents of black raspberries, pipe tobacco, a touch of tariness, a superb base of soil tones, just a whisper of bell pepper, lovely spice tones and new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a fine sense of gentle reserve (again, out of magnum), lovely focus and grip, moderate tannins and a very, very long, complex and gently warm finish. (JG)"
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About Bodegas Vega-Sicilia
The vineyard practices meticulous green harvesting, grape selection, and yield control to ensure the caliber of their harvest. Predominantly planted with Tempranillo, the vineyard also boasts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a slight presence of Malbec. This careful cultivation and diversity of grapes set the stage for Vega-Sicilia's iconic range of wines.
The flagship, Unico, embodies the essence of Vega-Sicilia's craft, composed mainly of Tempranillo and select Bordeaux varietals and only produced in top vintages. Unico Reserva Especial, an intriguing blend of multiple exceptional Unico vintages, exhibits an unmatched complexity from a decade to three decades of aging. Valbuena 5°, crafted from younger vines, brings Vega-Sicilia's exceptional quality at a more accessible price point.
Vega-Sicilia's rigorous winery operations involve a nuanced system of rackings between large barrels and barriques, blending old and new oak. This sophisticated process cultivates wines with notable longevity.
Beyond their home estate, Vega-Sicilia owns additional wineries, including Bodegas Alión, Bodegas Pintia, the Deiva winery in Rías Baixas, and the Tokaj estate, Oremus. Their influence extends further into a joint venture with Compagnie Viticole Baron Edmond de Rothschild, resulting in the creation of Macán, a Rioja estate known for its gravity-fed winery.
Situated in Valbuena de Duero, Bodegas Vega-Sicilia continues to uphold its distinctive winemaking legacy, bringing forth wines that both embody and elevate Spanish viticulture.