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1996 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico #162989026

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Based on 118 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 96 points Wine Advocate "The 1996 Unico has a very pure, pastille-like bouquet with raspberry, wild strawberry, crushed stone and a touch of Chinese tea. It has impressive delineation and linearity. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins. The fruit profile is shimmering in the glass with black cherries, cassis and blueberry notes. It is very feminine and powerful towards the poised, tensile finish that is long and seductive. One of the finest recent vintages, suffused with sensuality and opulence, the 1996 Unico is destined to be a great wine, one that might unfairly be over-shadowed by the 1994. (NM)" 94 points Vinous "Deep ruby. Complex, heady bouquet of kirsch, candied plum, cured tobacco, licorice, dried rose and cedar. Pungent herbal notes build with aeration and repeat on the palate, adding complexity to the deep, ripe cherry and dark berry liqueur flavors. Remarkably elegant wine with precise cherry/berry flavors and a slow-mounting mocha quality on the long, sappy finish. There's a very impressive interplay of fruit and tannins here. (JR)"

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1920 Vega Sicilia Unico

About Bodegas Vega-Sicilia

Bodegas Vega-Sicilia, a beacon of excellence in Spain's Ribera del Duero region, is celebrated for its meticulous winemaking and exceptional quality. The estate spans approximately 1,000 hectares, with 210 hectares dedicated to vineyards, primarily planted with Tempranillo, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a hint of Malbec. This diverse selection forms the backbone of Vega-Sicilia’s prestigious wines.

The flagship Unico, composed mainly of Tempranillo and select Bordeaux varietals, is produced only in the best vintages and epitomizes the winery's dedication to quality. Unico Reserva Especial, a blend of multiple top Unico vintages, is known for its extraordinary complexity, developed over aging periods ranging from a decade to three decades. Valbuena 5°, sourced from younger vines, offers a more accessible yet still exceptional expression of Vega-Sicilia’s craft.

The winery employs a sophisticated system of rackings between large barrels and barriques, blending old and new oak, to produce wines with remarkable longevity. This nuanced approach to aging ensures that each bottle embodies a perfect balance of power, elegance, and depth.

Vega-Sicilia's influence extends beyond its home estate. It owns additional wineries such as Bodegas Alión, Bodegas Pintia, the Deiva winery in Rías Baixas, and the Tokaj estate, Oremus. Their joint venture with Compagnie Viticole Baron Edmond de Rothschild in Rioja, Macán, further exemplifies their innovative spirit.

Under the stewardship of the Alvarez family, Vega-Sicilia continues to uphold its storied legacy, producing wines that are both highly collectible and a pinnacle of Spanish viticulture.

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