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1

What event exploded Único onto the world stage?

The 1929 Barcelona World's Fair (1917 and 1918 vintages)

2

Who founded Vega Sicilia, and when?

Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves (1864)

3

Name three vintages in which Vega Sicilia did not release an Único

1988
1992
1993
1997
2001

4

How long does Único age? Valbuena 5º?

Único ages at least 10 years: 1-2 years in 50/50 French and American oak (all new on the french, 1-4yo on the American), then 5+ years in large old oak, then 3-4 years in bottle.

Valbuena 5º ages 3 years in mixed oak, and 2 in bottle (5º refers to the number of years in barrel).

5

What is Vega Sicilia's Riserva Especial?

Their top offering (15,000 bottles released per year [v. 40,000+ of Único]); a non-vintage blend of two to three vintages of Único.

6

When did Vega Sicilia add 8,000L tanks to the winery?

2010

7

How does Vega Sicilia break down the vineyard by age of vine? What is the trellising?

20-25 year old vines for Valbuena
60-65 year old vines for Unico
No fruit is used until the vine is at least 10 years old
The vineyard is 80% Tempranillo, trained en vaso, plus Bordelais varieties trained en espalier.

8

What other wineries are owned by Vega Sicilia?

Alion (Ribera del Duero)
Pintia (Toro)
Oremus (Tokaj)

9

Which grapes were originally brought back by Chaves but no longer exist at Vega Sicilia?

Carmenere
Pinot Noir

10

What was Valbuena 3º?

A reserva level wine with 3 total years of aging - discontinued in 1988 to reduce confusion.

11

Where is Atauta? How large is it, and what is special about the vines?

Soria, in the town of Atauta
They own 15ha, but control 40ha, spread out over 600 plots
90% of the entire acreage is ungrafted, and average age is over 60 years old. Replanting by layering.

12

Atauta Single Vineyards

La Mala
Llanos del Almendro
Valdegatiles

13

Where is Sastre?

Burgos, in the village of La Horra

14

Sastre: Wines

Tinto
Crianza
Rosado
Flavus (Jaén, stainless, in collaboration with Gerardo Mendez of Do Ferreiro)
Pago de Santa Cruz (900M elevation single vineyard, 18mos new American oak. Also produced as Gran Reserva, 30mos in old oak)
Pesus (80yo vines, 100% new french for 24mos, 85% Tempranillo plus Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot)
Regina Vides (100yo Tempranillo vines, 24mos in new french oak)

15

Who is behind Pingus?

Peter Sisseck

16

What are Sisseck's wines?

Pingus (80-100yo vines, 50% new french, driven by elegance and concentraton rahter than power. First vintage 1995.)
Flor de Pingus (different vineyards than Pingus 60-70% new french, fermentation in stainless, meant to be consumed younger)
PSI

17

When was Emilio Moro founded? When did wine production begin at the estate?

1932 with the planting of the Finca Resalso vineyard
Winemaking began in 1988

18

Emilio Moro: Wines

Finca Resalso (entry level, named for the original estate vineyard)
Emilio Moro (flagship, 50/50 french/american)
Malleolus (25-75yo vines, new french)
Malleolus Valderramiro (single vineyard, planted 1924)
Malleolus Pago de Sanchomartin (single vineyard, planted 1964)

19

What is Clon de la Familia?

A limited edition wine produced by Emilio Moro to benefit Wine Helps Water. Vintage 2009.

20

When, where, and by whom was Tinto Pesquera founded?

1972 by Alejandro Fernandez in Pesquera, north of Peñafiel in Valladolid.

21

What are Fernandez's other estates?

Condado de Haza (Ribera del Duero, 1980's)
Dehesa la Granja (Zamora, 1998)
El Vinculo (La Mancha, 1999)