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1996 Vega Sicilia - Unico 750ml
1996 Vega Sicilia - Unico
Spain - Castilla y Leon - Ribera del Duero
Red / Regional Blend
1996 Vega Sicilia - Unico
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International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 133

($350) 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. (Europvin USA, Oakland, CA)

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Jancis Robinson Author: Julia Harding MW

A touch of volatility at first to lift the fruit nicely, then a rich complexity of red fruit, undergrowth and a touch of spice ? pretty hard to describe because these aromas are all melded into one. Incredibly silky tannins though they are still dense and tight. Aromatic red fruit on the mid palate. Long, fresh finish. In another context, this might seem more youthful but lined up with so many younger, more obviously tannic, wines it is the silky complexity that stands out. (JH)

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Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin Issue: 202

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+.

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Wine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews

Still firm and fresh, this solid red shows cherry, licorice, chocolate and light herbal flavors that linger and bloom on the finish. Balanced, with an appealing spicy note that brings you back for another sip. 8,500 cases made.

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