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. An intense cherry color with a garnet rim, the nose evokes elegant ripe fruit aromas, oaky wood notes, & spices. On the palate, this wine showcases complex fruit flavors with balanced, fine-grained & slightly bitter tannins, and a long finish.
Some Spanish Wineries make two types of wine every year: the vintage wine and a wine without vintage that is called "Reserva Especial" which usually consisted of a blend of the best recent vintages. Veg Sicilia wishes to preserve this Spanish tradition with the best Unico vintages aimed at perfectly balancing out these vintages while retaining their signature elegant character. This is a unique & exceptional wine that is concentrated, layered, balanced, & long representing the 2008, 2009, & 2010 vintage offerings.