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Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Red Blend 1996

Winery: Bodegas Vega Sicilia
Region: Ribera del Duero
Wine: Unico Red Blend
Variety: Red Blend
Vintage: 1996
UOM: 750ml

"An excellent vintage in which the winemaker didn’t have to do anything. With 2004 and 1994, born great: opulent and potent. Very dark ruby with some evolution. Lifted nose. Very elegant. Fresh and racy with some liquorice notes. Not rich – quite elegant. Very much a food wine. Rather less weight than the 2004. All very much in balance. Scent of pine. Still lots of lively tannin. Long and neat. 18 Points/Drink 2012-2030" - Jancis Robinson,

"Pablo Alvarez quipped that in 1996, the growing season was so benevolent, that the winemaker was not even necessary! The 1996 Unico has a very pure, pastille-like bouquet with raspberry, wild strawberry, crushed stone and a touch of Chinese tea. It has impressive delineation and linearity. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins. The fruit profile is shimmering in the glass with black cherries, cassis and blueberry notes. It is very feminine and powerful towards the poised, tensile finish that is long and seductive. One of the finest recent vintages, suffused with sensuality and opulence, the 1996 Unico is destined to be a great wine, one that might unfairly be over-shadowed by the 1994. 99,480 bottles produced. 96 Points/Drink 2020-2040+" - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

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