1999 Vega Sicilia - Unico 750ml

Spain - Castilla y Leon - Ribera del Duero/ Red / Regional Blend   |     Watch

WA 96   IWC 96   WS 94   JR 18.5   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The 1999 Unico delivers an ethereal bouquet of smoke, pencil lead, violets, leather, incense, black cherry, and blackberry. Already complex on the palate thanks to its lengthy upbringing, this opulent wine has layers of black fruit flavor, impeccable balance, and another twenty years of life ahead.

Drink Dates: 2009-2029
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 183

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

($450) Ruby-red. Shockingly deep in color for a ten-year-old wine. Explosive aromas of cherry compote, black raspberry, blood orange, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Pure, vibrant and sweet, offering intense cherry and red berry flavors, with tangy mineral spine and an exotic smokiness. Extremely deep but energetic, with a powerful echo of minerals and singed orange on the endless finish. This is remarkably youthful but highly alluring already. (Europvin USA, Van Nuys, CA)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 146

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Elegant and expressive, this supple, traditional red shows cherry, floral, vanilla and mineral notes that are both harmonious and intense. Not a blockbuster, but remains fresh and alluring through the spicy finish.

Drink Dates: 2009-2014
Author: Thomas Matthews


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

Showstopping. What an impressive display – raspberry, popcorn, and your favourite old leather armchair – utterly romantic. The tannin is still erect despite all the ageing, with a hedonistic finish of mint and chocolate, fine liqueur fruit and excellent texture. (RH)

Drink Dates: 2009-2019
Author: Richard Hemming


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/24/2014
Drink Dates: 2011-2024

Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

580 bottles owned by 119 collectors.

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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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