Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14.5%
Vega Sicilia is by far the most prestigious wine estate in Ribera del Duero, and perhaps in all of Spain, with an almost mythical reputation of both rarity & quality for their wines. Located 100 miles north of Madrid on a high elevation, remote plateau of Castilla y Leon in the town of Valbuena del Duero, their grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec all brought from Bordeaux classified growth vineyards by the Estate's founder in 1864 with their main varietal still remaining to be the indigenous Tempranillo grape. The historical provenance of the estate was instrumental in the designation of Ribera del Duero as a DOC (Denominacion Origen Calcificada) in 1982, making the region at par with Rioja. Three flagship cuvees have made Vega Sicilia legendary: the Unico, Unico Reserva Especial (multi-vintage blend), and their Valbuena 5 Ano. These wines are legendary not only for their supreme quality but also for the prices they command. Cherry red in color with a burgundy tinged rim, the nose is very elegant with a fragrant violet floral bouquet of great finesse as well as earthy & herbal accents. In the mouth, glorious red fruit flavors & slightly melted tannins are displayed.
A vivid ruby red in color, its' intensely perfumed & expressive nose reveals ripe cherry, dark berry, cigar box, and vanilla bean characters with trace nuances of incense. Displaying impressive palate weight, flavors of sappy blackberry, candied cherry, and spicecake flavors are interwoven with underlying hints of rose pastilles, licorice, & vanila bean. This wine boasts a seamless quality to it with a smooth & strikingly long finish laced with dark berry notes & floral characters.