Sometimes, a few of our pH phriends will come over and share some of their wines with us. This past weekend was a time of ample amount of phriends with an ample amount of more-than-great wines. I was so excited to try these wines that I have yet to try and I made mental notes about each and every one of them. But, it is difficult to pick just one wine to write about. However, after some serious consideration I decided to tell you about the Vega Sicilia.
I chose the Vega Sicilia for a number of reasons. Vega Sicilia, from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain, is in the conversation of best wines in the world. This winery is certainly considered the best producer in all of Spain, and it competes with the greats of France and Italy. Then, the fact that I got to have their Unico, their Gran Reserva and signature wine, in the 1994 vintage made this wine pretty special, too. The Vega Sicilia Unico is not released until 10 to 15 years after being produced. It is made with some of the oldest vines in the Rivera del Duero, mostly of Tempranillo and a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon (generally 80/20). This wine represents about one third of the winery’s production unless the year was not good enough to make the Unico.
The 1994 Vega Sicilia Unico was tasting perfectly this weekend. I felt that it was ready to be consumed and I wouldn’t have waited much longer to open it up. The wine has lots of berry notes, like raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry with a nice balance of minerality and touch of cedar. With over 20 years of age on this bottle, the wine was smooth and rounded without lacking any fruit or structure. This luscious wine had a nice long finish, characteristic of the Unico, and left everyone wanting more. I am so grateful I got to experience it and hope that you have a chance to try one of the world’s greatest, too!