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Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero 2003 750ml

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“95 points International Wine Cellar

“2003 Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero:

Inky ruby. Highly aromatic scents of ripe cherry and dark berries, singed plum, cured tobacco and succulent herbs, with a vanilla undertone. Sweet, expansive and powerful, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors with smoke and floral accents. Rich and full but surprisingly lively, with excellent finishing thrust and sweet, harmonious tannins adding grip. Shows the ripeness of the vintage to good effect; this is a somewhat approachable and exotic Unico, especially with some air, but it has the concentration to age slowly. 95 points
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 13

--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar”

Winery Notes:

”Vega Sicilia is unquestionably a unique wine, and one of the great Spanish classics. Its personality not only comes from the maximum quality of the grape and the rigour involved in its manufacture, but also, and above all, from the care for detail that the Álvarez family has succeeded in transmitting to the wines. From a universal perspective, the peculiar characteristics of Vega Sicilia define it as a very Spanish wine and, in fact, it is one of the national wines that receives respect at the mention of its name. The Vega Sicilia wines enjoy a certain old but stately air, like period furniture; wines with great elegance, finesse, complexity and the ample capacity for maintaining their characteristics in the bottle for a long time.

Unico is the reference wine of Vega Sicilia, although it shares its special character with the rest of the wines from the winery. It comes from the older vines on the estate and is made with the varieties of tempranillo and more cabernet sauvignon than merlot. Although it is old, the red wine maintains its liveliness thanks to its good acidity level compensated by solid alcohol content. It has an intense ripe cherry colour, with the lively edge of a wine that is always at its best. The aroma prevails with hints of roast from the wood, and touches of hazelnut from its oxidative evolution from its years in the cask. It has generous tastes of old but clean wood, with dry tannins that are pleasantly embittered by the oak, together with the sensation of its light sweetness of its alcohol. It is a pedigree wine with a long, lasting taste.”

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Artadi El Pison 2009 750ml

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94 points Wine Advocate

“The 2009 Vina El Pison is born from 67-year-old vines within a real clos rather than the fictitious ones that abound. I could be pedantic and separate it from Juan Carlos- wines under the Artadi umbrella, but like my predecessor, I will include it here. The 2009 has a fresh, floral, Margaux-like bouquet with fine delineation and intensity. The palate is full-bodied with an almost impenetrable carapace of licorice-tinged black fruits, minerals, citrus peel and a powerful, sensual finish. Perhaps impressive more than pleasurable (at the moment), this behemoth will need a decade in the cellar before it will shine. Drink 2022-2040. 
by Neal Martin, Issue #200, August 2012

--The Wine Advocate”

Winery Notes:

”Viña el Pison is located in Laguardia, facing southeast. From this vineyard we produce a wine, almost mythical, with an identity and personality bound to the environment.

It covers an area of 2.4 Has, is situated in a small hollow, protected by a natural barrier of stones and lies in sandy limestone rock. The soils have a strong structure and their composition is poor.

Lime and clay soils allow the development of the vineyard with regulated quantities of water and minerals during the growth cycle.

This family vineyard was planted in 1945 by our grandfather Jenaro San Pedro Carrera. Since 1991 we have cultivated its grapes to create a wine which reflects the exclusivity and peculiarities of the microclimate and the soils.


The Pison vineyard produces a wine which is a reflection of the knowledge of our ancestors and our passion to keep the spirit of the vineyard alive.

The balance of natural elements results in a wine full of fine fruits, delicate spices, mineral hints and silky tannins.

Viña el Pison is a wine full of body and character, elegant, with depth and complex sensations.”

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