1982 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero (1.5L)

SKU #1277335 98 points Vinous

 Even better than the 1990, the 1982 Unico is simply one of the very best wines I have tasted in some time. Powerful, fleshy and full of energy, the 1982 Unico is another wine that is almost overwhelmingly beautiful. A striking mélange of savory herbs, smoke and tobacco add complexity, but the 1982 is about the total package. And the 1982 has it all going on. In a word: Magnificent. (AG)  (12/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a sensational Unico. It has a sublime bouquet with dark red fruit, blood orange, marmalade, crushed stone and pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with effervescent red fruit that are irrepressibly precocious and seem to shimmer with delight. There is a keen thread of acidity, wonderful harmony and sense of vibrancy. It has an extraordinary finish, like eating an orange flavored vitamin pill. Somehow this reminds me of the 1982 Cheval Blanc in terms of its fabulous freshness and vivacity. 81,500 bottles produced. Drink now-2030+ (NM)  (8/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Celebrated year (presumably boosted by Bordeaux’s reputation). Big, broad and rich but without quite the vitality of the 1983. Very flattering. But perhaps just slightly flat next to the 1982. (18/20 points)  (6/2012)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

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