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Vega Sicilia (Spain, Ribero del Duero) "Unico" 1970
Deep, glossy ruby colour just lightening on rim. Classic claret nose. Serious, complex aromas of cedar and blackcurrant, pencil-shavings, vanillin and spice. The fruit is rich and very sweet, and there's a tobacco note too. Very attractive. There is ripe berry fruit on the palate. Beautifully silky and medium-bodied this has superb balance with lovely rich cassis fruit and sweet oaky tannins. Fantastic ripeness of fruit. It is very, very long and focused with a tremendous sense of harmony and purity. I'm pretty sure this is classy Pauillac from a great, ripe year, maybe 1990 or '85. Guess: Lynch-Bages 1990? (07/99) (served blind)