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 in color with a ruby rim, the nose evokes wild berry, gooseberry, oakwood, & menthol aromas. On the palate, it manifests a full fruited attack of complexity & elegance along with a lingering, full mouthfeel. Pair this wine with rich & creamy meat dishes like Beef Stroganoff, Spicy Mutton Soup, Fresh Corned Beef & Cabbage, & Roasted or Braised Lamb Dishes.
Displaying a cherry red robe, the nose opens up with ripe black & red fruit and added whiffs of cedarwood. On its well-rounded palate, it is prevalent & powerful boasting ripe berry fruit flavors and toasty notes on its lengthy finish.