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1970 Vega Sicilia - Unico Regional Blend - Spain - Castilla y Leon - Ribera del Duero - Red

Spain - Castilla y Leon - Ribera del Duero

Red Regional Blend
Producer Notes

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.

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Score
WA 97
97
WS 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2025 WA: 2012-2030
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750ml $895.00
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WA 97
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 202
Drink Dates 2012-2030

For many years, the 1970 Unico was the greatest Spanish wine that I had ever tasted, and although this was not the same caliber as the previous perfect example, it remains a fabulous wine. It is a blend of 70% Tinto Fino, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot and Malbec and aged for ten years in barriques. It has a thrilling Bordeaux-like personality on the nose that is more aloof than other vintages. The Cabernet component in the blend is pronounced, forming the backbone and austerity of this wine. However, you cannot deny its power and its breeding, or indeed its obdurate, masculine finish that demands respect. This is a Unico you have to look up to, perhaps the sister of Chateau Latour in this same year. 94,500 bottles produced. Drink now-2030+.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator

A silky, seamless package of pleasure. Surprisingly dark color, then mature aromas of spice and cherry, with an elegant, soft palate impression that holds coffee, raisin and cherry flavors. It's balanced and long, with a slightly volatile character.

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Author AquaJenn12
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 02/12/2011
Drink Dates 2010-2025

In my opinion, the best year that Vega-Sicilia has ever produced. A surprisingly young tasting wine for it's age, amazing to drink now, but could be stored for a few years. Outstanding addition to anyones collection and a pleasure to drink.

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