Vega Sicilia "Único Reserva Especial 1981, 1990 (1999 Release)" Ribera del Duero

SKU #1277480

In the Spain of yesteryear, when Cervantes wrote his masterpiece and gauchos roamed the countryside on horseback, wine was made according to tradition in two styles. Each Bodega issued two wines with each harvest: that of the current year and another without a specific vintage, which was called "Reserva Especial." This second was a blend of wines from the best harvests, and was widely considered to be better, more interesting and complex than the vintage wine. Like the vintage Unico, the Especial is not sold until ten years after the harvest of the youngest wine, following aging in barrel and bottle. If you're used to California cabernet, this Unico could prove a life-altering experience!

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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.

Ribera del Duero