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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Spain NV Vega Sicilia Reserva Especial 2013 Release (94, 99 & 00) 1 Case 3 75cl £700
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Jay S Miller

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Release (I could write the same note for all three wines) has a beautifully complex bouquet, a silky-smooth texture, elegance, and a long, pure finish. It should drink well for another 25 years. Bodegas Vega Sicilia remains a benchmark for the world’s great red wines. The Valbuena bottling receives 3 years in barrel and 2 years in bottle prior to release. On the occasion of my visit in May 2010, the three Reserva Especials already in bottle and awaiting release were tasted side by side. They are identified (for the purposes of this review only) as the 2013 Release, the 2012 Release, and the 2011 Release. I was not told what vintages are in each bottling but it actually makes little difference. The Reserva Especials are blended to a house style designed to reflect Vega Sicilia at its very best. The vagaries of vintage (as reflected in Unico) are blended away leaving a wine that is, in my opinion, better than any of the single vintage wines with the possible exception of the 1942

Tasting Notes
98
Spain 1994 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita 3 Bottle 75cl £400
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    $150 - 200

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 1998

    Source

    116, The Wine Advocate

    For L'Ermita, the 1994 is the current vintage in the marketplace; quantities are absurdly small. The color is a saturated inky/purple, and the soaring nose provides thrilling levels of sweet blackberry and cherry liqueur-like fruit. In spite of being full-bodied, massive, and huge, it manages to not taste heavy despite its gargantuan proportions of fruit, glycerin, tannin, and extract. This chewy, glycerin-imbued, phenomenally intense wines possesses all the component parts necessary to become a modern-day legend. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.   

Tasting Notes
97
Spain 1995 Vega Sicilia Unico 1 Bottle 300cl £2,300
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2012

    Source

    202, The Wine Advocate

    Pablo Alvarez quipped that in 1996, the growing season was so benevolent, that the winemaker was not even necessary! 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. 99,480 bottles produced. Drink 2020-2040+.

Tasting Notes
96
Spain 1995 Pingus 1 Case 6 75cl £4,500
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2012

    Source

    202, The Wine Advocate

    The maiden Pingus is still going strong as it approaches adulthood. It has a complex bouquet, the glycerine content having ebbed over the years, revealing lush scents of creme de cassis, blackberry, black olive and a slight earthy, almost Graves-like tincture. The palate is medium-bodied with surprising succulent on the entry underpinned by crisp acidity. There is almost a sense of conservatism to this Pingus, but it is undeniably well balanced. If I were to criticize, compared to subsequent vintages it lacks the some fineness of tannins towards the finish. Still, it is one delicious drop of Ribera del Duero and could easily last another decade, possibly more. Drink now-2030.

Tasting Notes
92
Spain 2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 1 Case 6 75cl £450
  • Rating

    94+

    Release Price

    $149

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2024

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2016

    Source

    226, The Wine Advocate

    The 2004 Gran Reserva 890 is the top of the range here, a wine that is only released three/four times per decade in exceptional years. They start by sourcing grapes from their oldest vineyards and going through a slow process of aging the wine in American oak barrels for six years, with ten manual rackings, and each time there is a selection of only the best barrels. The bottled wine is 13.5% alcohol with a remarkably low pH (3.0) that to me means 'quality' of the acidity, which is a healthy six grams per liter (in tartaric). The nose is all about forest floor aromas, game, cigar ash, incense, old furniture and some smoked meat. The palate shows what the technical data was hinting--very fresh with slightly dusty tannins and nice acidity. It's polished, but feels livelier than some older vintages. 38,000 numbered bottles.

Tasting Notes
94
Spain 2010 Clos I Terrasses Clos Erasmus 2 Case 6 75cl £1,150
97
Spain 2011 Vega Sicilia Unico 5 Case 3 75cl £710
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $628

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2033

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2020

    Source

    Issue 252 End of December 2020, The Wine Advocate

    The Único released in 2021, 10 years after the harvest, is the 2011 Único, selected from 40 of their 210 hectares of vineyards. 2011 is a concentrated and ripe vintage, and they selected 95% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that were cooled in a cold room for 24 hours before being sorted; the bunches and grapes macerated at 9 to 10 degrees Celsius for three to four days, and then it was inoculated with a pied de cuve to ferment with pumping overs. Malolactic was in stainless steel, and the wine was put through a long aging, 10 years between oak and bottle, using new and used French and American oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats. For Vega Sicilia, 2011 was a fresher year than 2010, not the common idea about those vintages in Ribera del Duero. The wine has a developed nose with some notes of ripe black fruit, meat and underbrush, somewhat herbal and perfumed. There is something about the nose of the Únicos that I cannot quite describe but is quite distinct, and it's in this vintage and also in the Reserva Especial. 88,288 bottles, 3,505 magnums, 318 double magnums, 60 Imperial and 3 Salmanazar were produced. The wine was bottled in June 2017.

Tasting Notes
96
Spain 2013 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Les Tosses 2 Case 6 75cl £800
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $290

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2023

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The top Cariñena is the 2013 Les Tosses, which for Dominik Huber is the pure expression of graphite and cherries, from an ancient plot on black slate soils fermented with full clusters and a short maceration and matured in oak foudres for two years. There was a volatile whiff and that sensation of warm slate that really transported me to the character of the roads in Priorat. There's also something that made me think of iron and raw meat. It's all relative of course, because compared to most other Priorats, this would feel extremely elegant and floral. The palate has even more of that tactile sensation of the graphite, with abundant, albeit extremely fine tannins and showing great balance. Some 1,000 bottles were filled in August 2015.

Tasting Notes
96
Spain 2014 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Manyes 1 Case 6 75cl £840
  • Rating 98

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2023

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Les Manyes was bottled a little earlier, in June 2016. In many wineries in Priorat, 2013 is clearly better than 2014, but it's not that clear in the case here, and you have to take it wine by wine. In the case of this Les Manyes, I think 2014 was the big surprise, with a combination of depth, perfume, subtleness and power difficult to achieve. The clay and chalky soils provide for an extraordinary texture of tannins, a lot less coarse than those from slate soils. It distills all the Mediterranean herbs and flowers, the essence of ripe red cherries and wild strawberries with some chalky minerality in a nose and palate that is close to perfection. This is a tour de force Garnacha from... chalky soils in Priorat! There are 1,008 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes
98
Spain 2015 Vega Sicilia Valbuena 2 Case 3 75cl £240
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $205

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2029

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2019

    Source

    Issue 246 End of December 2019, The Wine Advocate

    The 2015 Valbuena, a red blend of mostly Tempranillo with some 5% Merlot, is released in the fifth year after the harvest. It's explosive and showy, with a complex nose that shows a mixture of flowers and wild herbs, balsamic touches and great nuance. This wine has gained in complexity since the 2010 vintage, where they implemented some changes that increased the expressivity and precision of this wine. The tannins are fine-grained and there is very good balance, and the warm conditions of the year have been absorbed well by the wine. Despite the natural conditions of the year, the wine follows the path of freshness of the 2010. 173,673 bottles, 5,625 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in June 2018.

Tasting Notes
96
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