1999 Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero

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Winemaker Notes

The Color is cherry with a ruby rim.On the nose the Unico has a complex mix of aromas with fine wood tones, compote and balsam with some menthol and rosemary.In the mouth, a subtle and discreet feel, with an opulent palate but not agressive. Tones of tobacco, menthol and fine wood make this Unico a wine based the aromatic complexity and great persistence.

 

James Suckling - 97 points

I love the complexity of fruit and spice to this wine with its hints of dried fruits, figs and roses. Full and layered. Very ripe yet fresh. Concentrated yet lively. Goes on for minutes.

 

Wine Spectator - 94 points

Elegant and expressive, this supple, traditional red shows cherry, floral, vanilla and mineral notes that are both harmonious and intense. Not a blockbuster, but remains fresh and alluring through the spicy finish.

 

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 92 points

The 1999 Unico is a blend of 90% Tinto Fino and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 21-months in large wooden vats, twenty months in new barrel, seventeen months in semi-new barrels and then 24 months in large wooden casks. The harvest was interrupted by downpours and did not finish until November 16. It has a very intense, austere bouquet with blackberry, cedar, granite and a touch of dried orange peel. It is tightly coiled but unfurls beautifully in the glass, though it retains its rather aloof personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded mulberry and raspberry leaf-infused entry, with bay leaf and graphite underneath. It is linear, focused and precise. It is very harmonious, almost Claret like with great length on the finish that offers a sorbet-like freshness. 96,159 bottles produced. Drink 2016-2030+.