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2008 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Valbuena is produced with Tempranillo and 7% Merlot and Malbec from a cold, rainy season and late harvest. It reminds me of the Riberas of yesteryear, sharper with a slight rusticity, long and sharp. Once fermented, the wine matured for seven months in 20,000-liter oak vats, 12 months in new barriques (equal parts French and American oak), three months in used barrels and then six months in the vats again before being bottled in May 2011. The aromas are subtle, there is fruit, but there is soil and above all there is harmony. The palate is long ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco


1995 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Unico is a worthy successor to the profound 1994 (awarded a score of 98+ in Issue #159). Opaque purple in color, it has aromatic complexity which nearly defies words. There are notes of earth, licorice, hard wood charcoal, and black currants. Full-bodied, and powerful, the wine has beautiful balance with a multi-dimensional character and the structure to last for 25-40 years. (JM)" (2/2007) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Intense, expressive aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cherry liqueur, sandalwood, cigar box, roasted coffee and exotic chocolate. Thick and sweet, wit ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City


1994 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1994 Unico is a blend of 80% Tinto Fino, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot (presumably 2% is unknown varieties) that was picked from September 28. It is very intense with notes of raspberry, wild strawberry and mulberry with sensational minerality and vigor. There is a Margaux-like florality to the 1994 that blossom with aeration. The palate is rounded and supple on the entry with great weight and backbone. There is real substance here, similar to the 1996. It expands in the mouth with ravishing notes of blackberry, strawberry, citrus lemon, orang ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Unico has a very pure, pastille-like bouquet with raspberry, wild strawberry, crushed stone and a touch of Chinese tea. It has impressive delineation and linearity. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins. The fruit profile is shimmering in the glass with black cherries, cassis and blueberry notes. It is very feminine and powerful towards the poised, tensile finish that is long and seductive. One of the finest recent vintages, suffused with sensuality and opulence, the 1996 Unico is destined to be a great wine, one that might unfairly ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco


1970 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "For many years, the 1970 Unico was the greatest Spanish wine that I had ever tasted, and although this was not the same caliber as the previous perfect example, it remains a fabulous wine. It is a blend of 70% Tinto Fino, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot and Malbec and aged for ten years in barriques. It has a thrilling Bordeaux-like personality on the nose that is more aloof than other vintages. The Cabernet component in the blend is pronounced, forming the backbone and austerity of this wine. However, you cannot deny its power and its breeding, or ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


Vega-Sicilia "Único Reserva Especial 1985, 1991, 1996 (2005 Release)" Ribera del Duero

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Limited in availability (54 barrels, or about 1,300 cases), the non-vintage Unico Reserva Especial is a blend of the 1996, 1991, and 1985 vintages. The lot number is 12/05 as the estate releases this wine in 600 bottle allotments. It is a fabulously complex, dark ruby/purple-colored offering boasting sumptuous notes of graphite, kirsch liqueur, spice box, and vanilla. Opulent, round, and full-bodied, with great precision, freshness, and depth, it should last for another 20-30 years. It is good to see this ancient tradition of Spain being carried on by th ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 95

1995 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández "Tinto Pesquera Janus" Ribera del Duero Gran Reserva

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The full-bodied 1995 Janus Gran Reserve (a cuvee only produced previously in 1994, 1991, 1986, and 1982) is remarkably young and vibrant despite the fact that it has been aged for 3 years in oak casks. Sadly, there are only 1,000+ cases of this wine. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with a bouquet of barbecue spices, creamy oak, melted licorice, and copious quantities of black currant and cherry fruit. This opulent, viscous, full-bodied, lusty 1995 reveals substantial tannin that is largely concealed by the wealth of fruit and extract. The head ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco


2004 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "* Editors’ Choice * Lightly baked and hinting at raisin and fine herbs, the bouquet on this benchmark Spanish red enfolds aromas of tobacco, moss and ripe tomato. In the mouth, it’s elegant and silky but also full and expansive. Flavors of baked berry fruits, baking spices, herbs and cocoa finish with a light coating of toast. This is an amazingly complete, exemplary wine that’s just entering its prime. If past vintages of Unico are an indication, it will age well through 2035." (5/2015) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pablo Alvarez described 2004 as a textbook vintage with perfect tempe ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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WE 98 RP 97

1987 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pablo Alvarez believes 1987 was an atypical vintage for Vega Sicilia and that initially the Unico was 'very tense, not generous and unusually harsh' but in bottle, he finds that it has become relaxed and whole. A blend of 80% Tinto Fino, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot/Malbec, it has a comparatively introspective bouquet with blackberry, warm gravel, blood orange and raspberry coulis. It opens nicely with aeration although it retains some of its saturnine nature that was apparently remarked upon its release. The palate is medium-bodied with an attr ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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RP 95 ST 94

1989 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated dark, fresh red. Exotic dried fruits complicated by minerals, cedar, cigar box and nuts on the nose. Huge, dense and solid, with great sappy redcurrant and wild strawberry sweetness buffered by powerful acids. With its huge concentration and extraordinarily chewy extract, this has fruit of steel. The wine's explosive, extremely long finish and great thrust go beyond 99.99% of the world's wines." (8/2003) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1989 Unico, a blend of 80% Tinto Fino and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon picked early from 30th September, has a gorgeous, minty bouquet with blackb ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City


2007 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero Top Pick!
2007 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

94 points Wine Spectator: "This harmonious red is balanced and deep, offering ripe plum and currant flavors, with black pepper, tobacco, licorice and mineral accents. Delivers plenty of structure, with well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. The wine remains graceful through the long, spicy finish. Drink now through 2027. 6,500 cases made." (10/2015) Jancis Robinson: "A very difficult year – 'this is not a wine, it’s a miracle.' Plenty of developed, earthy aromas on the nose, charming red fruit and lovely coffee grounds – but there is indeed a (comparative) lack of body and concentration betrayin ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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WS 94

1983 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

Jancis Robinson: "Been overlooked but it’s really there with the great vintages. Has always been in the shadow of 1982. Dark, nuanced ruby. Tobacco notes and really quite rich. Some white pepper too. Much more flesh than on, say, the 1987. Juicy fruit and very charming and transparent. You could almost taste this warrior without food! Mouth filling. Very vibrant, lifted. Very complete. Fresh, pure finish. 19/20 points." (6/2012) Wine Spectator: "Matured to a pleasant drinkability. Spice, leather and cedar aromas; ripe fruit, tobacco and leather flavors. Good concentration and harmony. Enjoy ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

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1990 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Served from magnum, the 1990 Unico (a blend of 80% Tinto Fino and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) possesses and extraordinarily, opulent bouquet with cassis, blood orange, Italian cured meat and crushed stone. It is extremely well defined and powerful yet succinctly focused. The palate is ripe and sweet on the entry. Vibrant red fruit, orange peel, marmalade, Asian spices all vie for attention. There is great weight and potency, building in the mouth that is rich in glycerine and climaxes with a spicy, meaty finish that tightly grips the mouth. It has a Right Ba ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

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RP 96 WS 95