Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14.%
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. Displaying an intense ripe cherry red robe with bright edges, the nose is very pure & elegant revealing dark berry, blackberry, & pomegranate fruit aromas with a touch of orange blossom characters. On the palate, it has a pure & quite acidic entrance buttressed by blackberry & sour sloe fruit characters, dates, and citrus peel flavors with a touch of spice. Its' silky smooth texture carries through to its elegant & lengthy finish. Enjoy this wine with Roasted or Grilled Red Meat, Big Game Meat like Venison & Wild Boar, Game Birds like Pheasant, Quail, or Partridge, & Iberian Ham.
This wine boasts a velvety texture with a cigar box tinged finish. A splendid wine with the perfect proportion of plum & dark berry chatracters, soft & smooth tannins, & a well-balanced acidity.