To the eye, cherry red, pillory with ruby borders.
On the nose, show aromas of macerated fruit, compote, eucalyptus and menthol.
In the mouth, a subtle attack gives way to a mouth with opulence without being aggressive. End of mouth based on the great aromatic persistence and like in its baroque nose.
Predominantly Tempranillo with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere, Albillo. There is no register for which was the first harvest produced under the name ‘Vega Sicilia’, formerly known as ‘Eloy Lecanda’.
Region/Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Country Hierarchy: Castilla y Leon, Spain
Wine Style: Red – Rich and Intense
Alcohol Content: 13 – 14.5%
Beef and Venison
Serving temperature: 18-20 degrees
Roughly 85% tempranillo and 15% cabernet sauvignon; aged for a total of seven years in large oak vats, new small barrels, used small barrels and large oak vats to rest before bottling, in that order): Inky ruby: doesn’t look like a ten-year old wine. A heady, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, vanilla, pipe tobacco, new leather and potpourri, with a subtle mineral flourish. Spicy, sweet and expansive, offering palate-staining cherry compote and cassis flavors with exotic violet and chewing tobacco qualities. Deepens and gains spiciness on the smooth, gently tannic finish, which lingers with superb focus and tenacity.
— Josh Raynolds
96/100 (September 2014)
We are now going into a completely different league with the 2004, immediately it reminds me of trying the 1995 Unico while it was slightly younger. Vibrant, fresh, young, that beautiful dark red colour as you start to taste the amazing dark berries, raspberry, leather, coffee, spices, floral roses, bitter dark chocolate, leaving a lingering taste of wild fruits and tannic. Perfect balance and focused on delivering what I can call the perfect bottle of Red Wine which will be enjoyed for many decades to come.
Paired perfectly with Gran Reserva Joselito Bellota Jamon and Manchego Queso Curado followed by a 2nd course of Lamb Chops and Truffle Risotto. Dessert Dark Chocolate Cake was perfect to end a splendid night.
100/100 (February 2016)