Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Rated 98 points by Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: `The 2013 Release (I could write the same note for all three wines) has a beautifully complex bouquet, a silky-smooth texture, elegance, and a long, pure finish. It should drink well for another 25 years.
Bodegas Vega Sicilia remains a benchmark for the world?s great red wines. The Valbuena bottling receives 3 years in barrel and 2 years in bottle prior to release. On the occasion of my visit in May 2010, the three Reserva Especials already in bottle and awaiting release were tasted side by side. They are identified (for the purposes of this review only) as the 2013 Release, the 2012 Release, and the 2011 Release. I was not told what vintages are in each bottling but it actually makes little difference. The Reserva Especials are blended to a house style designed to reflect Vega Sicilia at its very best. The vagaries of vintage (as reflected in Unico) are blended away leaving a wine that is, in my opinion, better than any of the single vintage wines with the possible exception of the 1942.
|Bodegas Faustino I Gran Reserva -- 2001 750ml (>60)||Decanter97||$28.99 *|
|Vega Sicilia Valbuena -- 2008 (8)||$129.95|
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 -- 2004
Pre-arrival: Estimated arrival Winter 2014
Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva -- 2004
Pre-arrival: Estimated arrival September 2014
|Finca Sobreno Seleccion Especial -- 2000 750mL (1)||WA88, ST88 nl||$19.00|
|Clos I Terrasses Clos Erasmus -- 2004 750mL (1)||WA100||$549.00|
|Alion Ribera del Duero `Vega Siclilia` -- 2009 750ml (57)||ST93||$69.95|
|Mas d`en Gil Clos Fonta -- 2005 750ml (4)||WA93||$65.99|