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Spain 1994 Vega Sicilia Unico - 3x75 2 Case 75cl
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  • NEAL MARTIN: 96

    The 1994 Unico is a blend of 80% Tinto Fino, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot (presumably 2% is unknown varieties) that was picked from September 28. It is very intense with notes of raspberry, wild strawberry and mulberry with sensational minerality and vigor. There is a Margaux-like florality to the 1994 that blossom with aeration. The palate is rounded and supple on the entry with great weight and backbone. There is real substance here, similar to the 1996. It expands in the mouth with ravishing notes of blackberry, strawberry, citrus lemon, orange peel and a touch of cedar. There is enormous weight on the finish, a behemoth of a Unico. This is very potent, but it still requires several years in bottle. 96,280 bottles produced. Drink 2019-2040. eRobertParker.com.August, 2012

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96
Spain 1999 Vega Sicilia Unico - 3x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • NEAL MARTIN: 92

    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...

     

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92
Spain 2001 Palomero Ribero del Duero 1 Case 75cl
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  • The profound 2001 Palomero boasts an opaque ruby/purple color as well as an extraordinary perfume of sweet saddle leather, smoke, herbs, blackberries, creme de cassis, truffles, and graphite. One of the most prodigious Ribera del Dueros I have tasted, it offers great precision, fabulous concentration, and a long, 40+ second finish. Anticipated maturity: now-2016.

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96
Spain 2007 Vega Sicilia Unico - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Javier Ausás, chief winemaker of Vega-Sicilia, describes his 2007 Unico thus - 'it's not a wine, it's a miracle'! This is not far from the truth considering how challenging the 2007 vintage was in his beloved region of Ribera del Duero. You will know that great wineries make great wines in the most combative conditions - this is what sets them apart. Vega-Sicilia is Spain's greatest win and so I expected to taste a stunning wine at the launch of this iconic estate's new releases and I was not disappointed. Unico is undoubtedly a more forward proposition than other recent releases. This is usually the case in cooler, rainy years. But Vega still sports aromatic complexity that the Bordelais would kill for with exceptional detail and suave delivery. This is not a big wine but a mellow, long, profound Unico with calmness and control at its core. The tannins are powdery and fit and show no signs of closing down the wine, in fact they almost seem to urge it forwards. The fruit is typically noble and dark but there is no excess alcohol or brawn which can usually be detected in youthful Unico. In short, this is a wine for relatively early drinking, which will reward connoisseurs of this estate. It is also a wine to charm those of you who might not have encountered Vega-Sicilia before on account of its genial welcome and elegant composure. (2020 - 2030)

    Score: 18.5+ Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, March 2015

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18
Spain 2007 Pingus 1 Case 75cl
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  • THE WINE ADVOCATE: 98

     

    JAMES SUCKLING: 97

    Vintage conditions required a stricter selection for the 2007 Pingus. The aromatics are more brooding but seriously multifaceted. Smoke, pencil lead, truffle, Asian spices, blackberry, and licorice notes are followed by a chewy, dense, rich, powerful wine with fully integrated oak, savory black fruits, ripe tannins, and a decade of aging potential. Drink it from 2020 to 2037 if not longer. Jay Miller-Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010

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98
Spain 2008 Psi, Pingus 1 Case 75cl
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    86

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    Drink Date

    2012

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2012

    Source

    202, The Wine Advocate

    The sophomore Psi is bestowed with an elegant bouquet with fresh raspberry, wild strawberry and crushed rose petals wafting gently from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins on the entry. It is well balanced with slightly gourmand, red fruit laced with tobacco and a subtle saline tincture towards the finish. It is loose-knit towards the finish and as such, I would recommend drinking it now rather than later. Drink now.

     

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86
Spain 2008 Vega Sicilia Unico 2 Case 75cl
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  • 2008 was a challenging vintage in Ribera del Duero, a vintage marked by a severe frost on September 24th. The vineyards of Vega Sicilia were saved by some anti-frost burners that really made the difference. Even though, there are only some 70,000 bottles of 2008 Único, a wine that will be released around March 2016 after the 2007, and before they sell 2005 and 2006. It's a fresher, more mineral version of Vega, and very much Vega in character. It has a certain aroma that I cannot define that I also found in the 2011 Valbuena. The palate is surprisingly polished; the wine is quite accessible from now on, with fine tannins and a subtle thread of acidity going through the core. This is a lighter version of Único, but one style I like very much; it's a wine that should drink well throughout its life. A triumph for the vintage conditions.

    Score: 96 Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (221), October 2015

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96
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