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.
|Alto Almanzora Este -- 2006 750mL (7)||WA90||$9.00|
|La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 -- 2004 750ml (>60)||WA96||$53.95|
|Senorio de P. Pecina Rioja Crianza -- 2006 1.5L (1)||nl, wasl||$29.00|
|Senorio de P. Pecina Rioja Crianza -- 2006 1.5L (1)||nl||$29.00|
|Terroir al Limit Priorat Les Tosses -- 2011 3L (1)||WA97 OWC||$789.00|
|Deobriga Rioja -- 2004 750mL (4)||$13.00|
|Mas Doix Salanques -- 2003 (1)||WA95||$95.00|
|Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva -- 2002 1.5L (1)||WA95, WS93 OWC||$795.00|
|Bodegas Vinicola Real Rioja Gran Reserva -- 2004 750mL (15)||$29.95|
|Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia Toro -- 2009 (52)||WA94, ST92||$75.00|
|Mas Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles -- 2003 750mL (13)||WA94||$115.00 *|