A Rich Ribera del Duero with a Hauntingly Complex Nose
Considered the "First Growth of Spain
," the prestigious Vega Sicilia
is located in the Ribera del Duero
appellation of Spain
. The estate was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves who had the idea to plant Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon
) alongside the native Tempranillo
and produce with them grapes that would stand out among its neighbours. In 1982, the estate was acquired by the Alvarez family who have invested heavily into bringing the quality of the wines to a new plateau. "Unico
" (meaning "unique") is the estate's flagship wine. The Unico 2004
by Vega Sicilia
is a blend of 87% Tempranillo and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The vines grow in soils of fine colluvial deposits from the hillside with small limestone fragrants. Deep down, abundant quartz gravel can be found in a main sandy soil. The must goes through controlled fermentation using exclusively native yeasts in wooden tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation also in oak. This famous Ribera del Duero red blend has one of the longest and most complex aging programs of any wine in the world. The 2014 vintage spends 15 months in 20,000 L vats, followed by 25 months in new barrels, 17 months in used barrels and another 26 months in large oak vats. Before its commercial releases it is also aged in bottle for an additional 3 years. 2004 will be remembered as one of the great vintages in Ribera del Duero, with no frost, perfect flowering and temperatures perfect for the ideal ripening of the fruit.
The Unico 2004
by Vega Sicilia
displays in the glass a dark purple-crimson color. The wine reveals a hauntingly beautiful and complex nose, a symphony of brambly black fruit (blackberry and cassis) notes, perfectly blended with cedar wood and tobacco. On the palate, this epic Ribera del Duero is full-bodied, pouring forth intense flavors of black cherry compote, licorice, white pepper and minerals, along with hint of warm tar. Showing a very nice balance between power and elegance, there are also signs of perfect ripeness. The ending offers a lingering, focused finish with gentle tannins. Enjoy between 2018-2029.