Vega Sicilia Unico, Ribera del Duero 1983

November 2018

Thirty five years on.

Ruby.  An aromatic charm offensive up front and the wine is if cut from a crystal, with lots and lots of pure black and blue fruit.  Even the texture here is complex.   At once layered and buoyant and it seems you’ll be able to ride the finish forever.  A great ’83.  Now – 2028+.

January 2013

Thirty years on.

Incredible youthful given its age; full, dark, dense ruby color with just a little fading at the rim.  Boldly stylish, high-toned, multi-dimensional nose, very concentrated at the core: leather, cigarbox, clove, toffee, aniseed.  Very seductive.  On the palate, a beautiful core of fruit, real depth and complexity here, with a raw meat character that we find most fascinating.  Richly textured, creamy smooth and velvety on the palate.  Very fine grip.  A wine with great purity, drive and harmony: complete.  Very long, composed finish.  A thrilling wine and a great ’83.  Now – 2028.

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