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Vega Sicilia Unico, Ribera del Duero 2010

About the Wine:
Unicos in their youth are big, bold, and aggressive, but when they are aged, their tannins subside and they become leathery, much like a Bordeaux wine. This bottle shows spices-cardamom, red and black fruit, savory meat-jamon, with vanilla and anise hints. This wine is a perfect pairing with game birds like roasted quail or pheasant, beef, or lamb.
About the Producer:
This is by far the most prestigious wine estate in Spain, with an almost mythical reputation for quality and rarity. The property is located 100 miles north of Madrid in the shallow Duero (Douro) river valley on the high remote plateau of Castilla y Leon. The altitude is over 700 meters creating a special climate; the cold nights and hot days during the crucial ripening period in September largely contribute to the uniqueness of Vega Sicilia. In a good vintage only about 20,000 cases of wine are made and subsequently sold on a strict allocation basis. Demand in Spain alone well exceeds the total quantity available. Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves traveled to Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe vineyards in 1864 and brought back with him cuttings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec that he planted alongside Tempranillo.