1970 Vega Sicilia "Único" Ribera del Duero

SKU #1004089 98 points John Gilman

 The 1970 vintage of Vega Sicilia Único is one of the greatest to ever emerge from these cellars and I have been smitten by this wine since it was first released in the mid-1990s. The bouquet today is flat out beautiful, soaring from the glass in a very refined blend of black cherries, blood orange, gentle nuttiness, a lovely array of spices, raw cocoa, cigar wrapper, complex soil nuances and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and one of the most elegant vintages of Único ever produced, with a rock solid core of fruit, laser-like focus, fine-grained, melting tannins and impeccable balance on the very long, complex and stunning finish. A brilliant wine in every respect!  (3/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 For many years, the 1970 Único 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 indeed its obdurate, masculine finish that demands respect. This is a Único you have to look up to, perhaps the sister of Château Latour in this same year. (NM)  (8/2012)

96 points Decanter

 Layered and complex, this Unico is incredibly youthful given its age. Gorgeous, filled with savoury herbs and sweet oak flavours and a persistent finish. (JCL)  (2/2014)

94 points Vinous

 The 1970 is the most subtle of these Únicos, although I have tasted fresher examples. Delicate and perfumed throughout, the 1970 is laced with the essence of crushed flowers, tobacco, dried cherries and mint. (AG)  (12/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A silky, seamless package of pleasure. Surprisingly dark color, then mature aromas of spice and cherry, with an elegant, soft palate impression that holds coffee, raisin and cherry flavors. It's balanced and long, with a slightly volatile character. *Top 100 Wines of 1995*  (4/1995)

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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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