(2004 Vintage) It is the Vega Sicilia flagship. The qualities of the Tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon in different proportions are assembled to perfection in this wine. Each provides a differentiating factor that makes the wine great in every vintage. The vines are grown on plots where the land is located at the point between the slopes down from the wasteland and the alluvial plain. The soil nearest the surface is made out of fine colluvial deposits from the hillside with small fragment of limestone. There is abundant quartz gravel deeper down in a sandy main soil. There are many angular limestone boulders on the surface. Red wine made in controlled fermentation using native yeast in wooden tanks. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in wood.
Brick red and full of color this '94 delivers mineral and tobacco on the nose. A solid core of black fruit accompanied by blueberry and coffee deliver balance with the tannins. A long and slender finish with a dusty road for good measure!
Sex in a bottle- decant and wow- special occasions only
International Wine Cellar(1995 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 128, September/October 2006. ($335) Dark red. Intense, expressive aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cherry liqueur, sandalwood, cigar box, roasted coffee and exotic chocolate. Thick and sweet, with deep red and dark berry flavors complicated by an array of pungent spices, mocha, vanilla bean and cured tobacco. Deep, penetrating and very long on the finish, with wonderfully sweet cherry and blackcurrant flavors lingering. Built to age, but this is awfully delicious right now. (Europvin USA, Oakland, CA)
Robert Parker(2000 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/15/2012