1996 Vega Sicilia - Unico 750ml

Spain - Castilla y Leon - Ribera del Duero/ Red / Regional Blend
1996 Vega Sicilia - Unico
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($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)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 133

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

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)

Drink Dates: 2008-2026
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Wine Advocate | 96

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+.

Drink Dates: 2020-2040
Author: Neal Martin
Issue: 202

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Wine Spectator | 93

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.

Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: Thomas Matthews


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More Vintages and Sizes of Vega Sicilia - Unico :

2000 (750ml)

About This Producer


Vega Sicilia is Spain's most well known and prestigious estate. It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who brought vine cuttings from Bordeaux of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot to plant alongside Tinto Fino. Vega Sicilia's 3 cuvees include the flagship "Unico," a multi-vintage blend called "Reserva Especial," and the more forward-style Valbuena.

Depending on the vintage, Unico is made from a blend of 80% Tempranillo with the balance of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Traditionally the wine is aged for ten years in barrel before its release. The Reserva Especial is a blend of top vintages, while the Valbuena is made from younger vines and bottled after five years. A Valbuena cuvee with three years of aging was produced until 1998, but has been discontinued.

The Reserva Especial bottlings contain a unique blend of vintages:

1979 bottling: 1962, 1964, 1968 vintages, 1980 bottling: 1960, 1962, 1972 vintages, 1990 bottling: 1968, 1970 vintages, 1993 bottling: 1970, 1972 vintages, 1996 bottling: 1973, 1981 vintages, 1997 bottling: 1981, 1986, 1990 vintages, 1998 bottling: 1981, 1990 vintages, 2000 bottling: 1985, 1990, 1994 vintages, 2004 bottling: 1985, 1990, 1991 vintages, 2005 bottling: 1985, 1991, 1996 vintages

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