Vega Sicilia Unico 2003

Vega Sicilia Unico 2003

 

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Vega Sicilia
Unico 2003
  • Année : 2003
  • Pays : Espagne
  • Région : Ribera del Duero
  • Sous-région
  • Type : Rouge
  • Style Rouge Riche et Epicé
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcool : 13,5°
  • Cépages : 93% Tempranillo, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon

Experts Note Année
AG Antonio Galloni (Vinous) 95 2003
ST Stephen Tanzer 95 2003
RP Robert Parker 94 2003
WS Wine Spectator 94 2003
JR Jancis Robinson 17.5 2003
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Histoire du domaine Vega Sicilia Vega Sicilia fut fondé en 1864 par Don Eloy Lecanda qui voulut créer un domaine viticole sur sa propriété dans la Ribera del Duero et commença à planter des cépages de Bordeaux et des variétés locales comme le Tempranillo. Le nom Vega Sicilia commença à se bâtir une grande renommée au début du XX ème siècle lorsque le domaine était dirigé… En savoir plus

Antonio Galloni (Vinous) (AG) : 95 Points (2003)
Inky ruby. Highly aromatic scents of ripe cherry and dark berries, singed plum, cured tobacco and succulent herbs, with a vanilla undertone. Sweet, expansive and powerful, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors with smoke and floral accents. Rich and full but surprisingly lively, with excellent finishing thrust and sweet, harmonious tannins adding grip. Shows the ripeness of the vintage to good effect; this is a somewhat approachable and exotic Unico, especially with some air, but it has the concentration to age slowly. Sep 2013 - Josh Raynolds

Stephen Tanzer (ST) : 95 Points (2003)
Inky ruby. Highly aromatic scents of ripe cherry and dark berries, singed plum, cured tobacco and succulent herbs, with a vanilla undertone. Sweet, expansive and powerful, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors with smoke and floral accents. Rich and full but surprisingly lively, with excellent finishing thrust and sweet, harmonious tannins adding grip. Shows the ripeness of the vintage to good effect; this is a somewhat approachable and exotic Unico, especially with some air, but it has the concentration to age slowly.

Robert Parker (RP) : 94 Points (2003)
Vega Sicilia’s 2003 Unico, mainly Tempranillo with a balancing 8% of Cabernet Sauvignon, was aged in wood for nearly seven years before being bottled, starting with 15 months in large oak vats, followed by 25 months in new barriques, before being transferred to used ones for another 17 months and ending its elevage with a further 22 months in those large wood vats again. As I uncork the bottle, the aroma reminds me of a classical Tempranillo, with some dill notes from the American oak and a minty hint from the Cabernet. It actually makes me think of traditional Rioja, believe it or not. The wine doesn’t show the heat of the vintage, and manages to transmit a general sensation of balance and finesse that is quite remarkable for the characteristics of the year. The aim here was to avoid the confited and raisiny notes of the fruit and the spirity character so common in that vintage. It starts off slightly lactic, with notes of cafe au lait, coconut and cola. With a bit of time, it turns more flowery and shows more red fruit. It is very aromatic, with plenty dry herbs, thyme and rosemary, even pine nuts, a bit of resin and some cured meat, and overall has a very complex nose. The mouth is a little more transparent toward the heat of the vintage, it is powerful and full-bodied, but manages to keep freshness. The minty note is there, with some hints of chalk that make it very tasty. It feels briary and opulent. A success over the vintage conditions, it already shows some signs of complexity, which points at an approachable Unico. Even though it can be drunk now, it will get more polished and integrated with a few years in bottle. 76,050 bottles and 2,616 magnums were filled (on the low-ish side for Unico), but the magnums will be sold later; they are currently offering 2000 in magnum and 1999 in double-magnum. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 94 Points (2003)
This red is generous and expressive, delivering dried cherry, tobacco, mineral and spice flavors in a rich, round texture, with a good balance of well-integrated tannins and racy acidity. More harmonious than assertive, but shows plenty of depth. Drink now through 2023.

Jancis Robinson (JR) : 17.5 Points (2003)
So, so expressive on the nose - succulent red fruit that has real range and definition between them. Loads of oak influence too, but nothing intrusive. Soft tannin, and great length. Seriously impressive, without any heaviness of the notorious European 2003 vintage. Very good.

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Vega Sicilia Unico 2003 Reviewed by Antonio Galloni (Vinous) 15-12-2016 . Score: 4