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Ribera Del Duero Vega Sicilia Unico Famille Alvarez (no reserve) (no reserve) (no reserve) 1989

  • Black fruit
  • Gastronomic wine
  • Icon wine
  • Color:Red
  • 13% 
  • 0.75L
  • Intensity
  • Full-bodied

A unique wine produced by an exceptional domain of the Spanish peninsula, respected for its unusual methods of élevage and vinification. More info

  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 into-neck
  • Label: 1 slightly marked label, 1 slightly wrinkled label, 1 slightly stained label
  • Country/Region: Spain, Castilla y Leon
  • Appellation/Wine: Ribera Del Duero
  • Producer/Owner: Famille Alvarez
  • More information....

Ribera Del Duero Vega Sicilia Unico Famille Alvarez serve at a temperature of 16°C. It will pair perfectly with the following dishes: Sauté de veau au chorizo, Tournedos de bœuf Rossini au foie gras, Agneau de sept heures.

Peak: Drink until 2030

What the experts say...

The palate is medium-bodied with an attractive, edgy bitter note on the entry. The tannins are a little coarse compared to other vintages but harmonious in the mouth. It is interwoven by edgy, crisp acidity with touches of cooked meat and mandarin, plus a little liquorice towards the sappy, succulent finish. It is missing a little flair, but represents a fine, assertive style of Unico that should mellow with bottle age. N.Martin/R.Parker (08/2012)

Lot presentation
Ribera Del Duero Vega Sicilia Unico Famille Alvarez

Cuvée presentation

The Vega Sicilia Unico is powerful, full-bodied and complex, developing intense aromas of dark fruit and spices. There is also the Unico Reserva Especial, made from multiple different vintages that can be as old as twenty years.

Information about domain Vega Sicilia

Planted on mainly limestone soil similar to Burgundy, the Vega Sicilia vineyard is home to one of the world's greatest wines. This legendary wine has nothing to do with Sicily, and instead takes its name from the Santos Sicilia family who owned the vineyard before 1864, with Vega meaning `valley' in Spanish. From this date on, the major grape varieties of Bordeaux were added to the local variety, tempranillo. The Vega Sicilia's defining feature lies in its unique ageing process, which is a subject of much controversy. It is aged in large oak barrels from the very first year, and then decanted into different barrels of varying ages and sizes. Next comes an ageing period of five to ten years, allowing this phenomenally powerful wine's temperament to be softened. Some vintages were aged for over 25 years in barrels. Nowadays, the estate operates a more `traditional' ageing process of no more than ten or so years.

Detailed characteristics

  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 into-neck
  • Label: 1 slightly marked label, 1 slightly wrinkled label, 1 slightly stained label
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Type of cellar: Space in a wine storage facility
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Original Wooden Case / Original Case: No
  • French customs seal: no
  • Alcohol percentage: 13 %
  • Country/Region: Spain, Castilla y Leon
  • Appellation/Wine: Ribera Del Duero
  • Producer/Owner: Famille Alvarez
  • Vintage: 1989
  • Color: Red
  • Peak: Drink until 2030
  • Service temperature: 16°
  • Viticulture: Environment friendly 
  • Intensity: Full-bodied
  • Dominant aroma: Black fruit
  • Tasting occasion: Gastronomic wine
  • Grape variety: 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 60% Tempranillo
Ribera Del Duero Vega Sicilia Unico Famille Alvarez
Ribera Del Duero Vega Sicilia Unico Famille Alvarez

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Ribera Del Duero Vega Sicilia Unico Famille Alvarez (no reserve) (no reserve) (no reserve) 1989

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