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1998 Vega Sicilia Unico

SPAIN / CASTILLA Y LEÓN /
  • 98 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Tempranillo
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SKU: 60296-1998-750-2A

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$425.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Ruby-red. Exotic aromas of red and dark fruits, iron, dried flowers, cured meat and tobacco are strongly reminiscent of a top vintage of Chateau Haut-Brion. Luscious cherry and cassis flavors display a superb balance of depth and structure, offering noteworthy power but a weightless quality that is simply uncanny. Candied flowers, smoky minerals and vanilla bean add complexity and extend through an endless finish. I'd love to sneak this into a tasting of 1998 Saint-Emilion and Graves wines in ten years or so.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: July/August 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 1998 Unico is purple-colored with a complex bouquet of wood smoke, violets, Asian spices, mineral, blueberry, and assorted black fruits. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, loaded wine with gobs of sweet fruit, great concentration, and layers of flavor. It will continue to evolve for another 5-7 years and drink well through 2040+.
    Author: Jay Miller
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    This polished red shows cedar and sandalwood aromas, with flavors of dried cherry, coffee, tobacco, mineral and spices. Solid tannins are well-integrated, and this is still fresh and lively. Harmonious, in the traditional style.
    Author: Thomas Matthews
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: taipanli
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 814 bottles owned
  • 133 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 133 collectors)