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1998 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Bodegas Vega-Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Castilla y León, Spain

In Bond case price:
£1,050.00
Country Spain
Region Castilla y León
Appellation Ribera del Duero
Producer Bodegas Vega-Sicilia
Vintage 1998
Type Red (Dry)
Grape Variety Tempranillo Blend
ABV 13.5%
Format 3x75cl
Packaging Original Wood Case
Duty Status In Bond
Provenance Purchased by Liquid Assets from a UK-based merchant; securely stored in a climate-controlled bonded facility
Stock 2 cases (in stock and available immediately)

98 Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate (February 2008)

The 1998 Unico is purple-colored with a complex bouquet of wood smoke, violets, Asian spices, mineral, blueberry, and assorted black fruits. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, loaded wine with gobs of sweet fruit, great concentration, and layers of flavor. It will continue to evolve for another 5-7 years and drink well through 2040+.

96 Josh Raynolds, Vinous (July 2008)

Ruby-red. Exotic aromas of red and dark fruits, iron, dried flowers, cured meat and tobacco are strongly reminiscent of a top vintage of Chateau Haut-Brion. Luscious cherry and cassis flavors display a superb balance of depth and structure, offering noteworthy power but a weightless quality that is simply uncanny. Candied flowers, smoky minerals and vanilla bean add complexity and extend through an endless finish. I'd love to sneak this into a tasting of 1998 Saint-Emilion and Graves wines in ten years or so.