Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva

98 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva - 2011 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva

98 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
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The 2014 Único was produced with grapes from 40 hectares of vines selected from the 210 hectares the winery has. It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts, with malolactic in stainless steel. It's a year that combines power and elegance; it's concentrated but has subtleness. I had a unique opportunity to taste it from Magnum one year ago and was truly impressed. This tasting was consistent with those sensations. 2014 was a good vintage in the zone, a year with good rain and a big crop, not as powerful as 2012 or 2015 but a year with finesse. The wine feels very balanced, lower in alcohol and with integrated oak, crunchy, fresh and still young. It feels quite classical; it's fine-boned, and elegant but also powerful, more like the Únicos from yesteryear. It has to be one of the finest vintages of recent times.

Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva

Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva is a wine that is sure to impress even the most discerning of wine connoisseurs. This wine is produced by the Vega Sicilia winery, which has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. The winery is located in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain, which is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world.

The taste profile of Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva is complex and layered, with notes of dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and spice. The wine is aged for a minimum of 10 years before release, which gives it a smooth and velvety texture. The tannins are well-integrated, and the finish is long and satisfying.

This wine is perfect for special occasions or for those who appreciate the finer things in life. It pairs well with rich, hearty dishes such as roasted meats, stews, and game. It is also a great wine to enjoy on its own, perhaps while sitting by a roaring fire on a cold winter's night.

If you are looking for a wine that is sure to impress, look no further than Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva. Its rich history, complex taste profile, and smooth texture make it a wine that is truly one of a kind.

Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva

Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva is a wine that is sure to impress even the most discerning of wine connoisseurs. This wine is produced by the Vega Sicilia winery, which has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. The winery is located in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain, which is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world.

The taste profile of Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva is complex and layered, with notes of dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and spice. The wine is aged for a minimum of 10 years before release, which gives it a smooth and velvety texture. The tannins are well-integrated, and the finish is long and satisfying.

This wine is perfect for special occasions or for those who appreciate the finer things in life. It pairs well with rich, hearty dishes such as roasted meats, stews, and game. It is also a great wine to enjoy on its own, perhaps while sitting by a roaring fire on a cold winter's night.

If you are looking for a wine that is sure to impress, look no further than Vega Sicilia - Unico Gran Reserva. Its rich history, complex taste profile, and smooth texture make it a wine that is truly one of a kind.

The Único released in 2021, 10 years after the harvest, is the 2011 Único, selected from 40 of their 210 hectares of vineyards. The wine has a developed nose with some notes of ripe black fruit, meat and underbrush, somewhat herbal and perfumed. There is something about the nose of the Únicos that I cannot quite describe but is quite distinct.
It feels quite ripe and somehow old style, dominated by ripe black fruit, with a rustic and earthy touch. It has an ample palate, concentrated and powerful, with some earthy tannins.
With time in the glass the 2009 Único opened and got closer to the character of Valbuena but with more depth and clout, while showing extremely elegant. It takes some time to unfurl its aromatic palette, and it feels young and somewhat undeveloped, younger than it is. It has a touch that makes you think of the old vintages of Único on the nose but with very polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel that provides elegance.
2008 was a challenging vintage in Ribera del Duero, a vintage marked by a severe frost on September 24th. The vineyards of Vega Sicilia were saved by some anti-frost burners that really made the difference. It's a fresher, more mineral version of Vega, and very much Vega in character. It has a certain aroma that cannot be defined. The palate is surprisingly polished; the wine is quite accessible from now on, with fine tannins and a subtle thread of acidity going through the core. This is a lighter version of Único.
2007 was a cold vintage in Ribera and it produced lighter, fresher wines. The wine might be a tad lighter than other vintages, but it's more structured; it combines elegance and power, is nicely balanced and should be able to develop in bottle for many years.
2007 was a cold vintage in Ribera and it produced lighter, fresher wines. The wine might be a tad lighter than other vintages, but it's more structured; it combines elegance and power, is nicely balanced and should be able to develop in bottle for many years.
2006 is clearly the best Único produced in the last few years. The 2006 is a fantastic modern Vega Sicilia in the making, powerful and clean, still very young and marked by the élevage with a whiff of American oak and a creamy texture in the palate. It should age very well for a very long time. Wait to pull the cork, even if it's drinkable and quite showy already.
Pablo Alvarez described this as a generous vintage that was generous in terms of luminosity that is captured in the wine. The nose is very pure and elegant with dark berries, blackberry, pomegranate, and a touch of orange blossom. The palate has a pure and rather tart entry with a touch of piquancy. There are notes of blackberry, sloe, dates, and citrus peel, but more interesting is the Burgundy-like texture: silky smooth and weightless on the finish. This is a very feminine Unico, lithe and generous, it softens and offers subtle toffee-ish notes towards the finish.
Type:
Red
Country:
Spain
Region:
Castilla y León
Appellation:
Ribera Del Duero
Producer:
Bodegas Vega Sicilia
Grapes/Blend:
Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV:
14%
Pairing Sugesstions:
Lamb, Beef, Grilled Meats, Game Birds, Tapas and Small Plates, Charcuterie and Cured Meats, Salads, Aromatic Spices, Aged Cheeses, Comté Cheese

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Bodegas Vega Sicilia

Known as a mythical winery, and regarded as Spain’s one and only ‘first growth’, Vega Sicilia is Spain’s most prestigious wine estate located in Ribera del Duero. Founded...
Known as a mythical winery, and regarded as Spain’s one and only ‘first growth’, Vega Sicilia is Spain’s most prestigious wine estate located in Ribera del Duero. Founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda who came from Bordeaux armed with cuttings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec and planted them with Spain’s signature grape, Tempranillo.

 

The winery changed hands several times before the current owners, the Alvarez family, took over in 1982. Over the years, Vega Sicilia has built an international and formidable reputation for itself.

Vega Sicilia has founded its success on meticulous wine producing practices. The winery’s philosophy incorporates low yields, painstaking grape selection and prolonged barrel ageing (1970 Unico has over 16 years). The resulting wines are delicate and complex, with great personality and which have a capacity for ageing which can only be matched by some of the greats from Bordeaux.

Bodegas Vega Sicilia
Castilla y León

Castilla y León

Castilla y Leon is a region in northwestern Spain that is known for producing some of the finest wines in the country. The region has a long and...

Castilla y Leon is a region in northwestern Spain that is known for producing some of the finest wines in the country. The region has a long and rich history of winemaking, dating back to the Roman era. Today, Castilla y Leon is home to a number of top-quality wineries that produce a wide range of wines, from crisp whites to full-bodied reds.

One of the most famous wineries in Castilla y Leon is Bodegas Vega Sicilia. Founded in 1864, this historic winery is known for producing some of the finest red wines in Spain. The winery's flagship wine, the Vega Sicilia Unico, is a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that is aged for at least 10 years before release. The result is a complex and elegant wine with notes of black fruit, leather, and tobacco.

Another top winery in Castilla y Leon is Bodegas Emilio Moro. This family-owned winery has been producing wine in the region for over 120 years. The winery is known for its full-bodied red wines, which are made from the Tempranillo grape. The Emilio Moro Malleolus is a particularly noteworthy wine, with its intense aromas of black fruit, vanilla, and spice.

In addition to these well-known wineries, Castilla y Leon is also home to a number of up-and-coming producers. One such producer is Bodegas Mauro, which was founded in 1978. This winery is known for its modern approach to winemaking, which involves using new oak barrels and carefully controlling the fermentation process. The result is a range of wines that are rich and full-bodied, with notes of black fruit, chocolate, and coffee.

Overall, Castilla y Leon is a region that is rich in history and tradition when it comes to winemaking. Whether you are looking for a classic red wine from a historic winery or a modern, innovative wine from an up-and-coming producer, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes in this region.

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