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Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2009


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The Unico ageing process is probably the world’s longest, since it runs for at least ten years from barrel to bottle. 225-litre barrels of French and American wood, both new and used, and 20,000-litre tanks. A long complex process for a legendary wine.

Unico is a wine for all eternity. Only a handful of terroirs worldwide are able to match this wine’s extraordinary ageing potential. This is a wine of inimitable style, mature, tremendously elegant and silky, in which the aging process brings the mystique of the essence to the surface.

98 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

I tasted a bottle of the 2009 Único blind and was taken by the freshness, the red fruit notes and the Burgundian-like characteristics of this vintage, which on paper was quite warm and dry. I also tasted the 2009 Valbuena, which is always more approachable, and was blown away by its aromatics. With time in the glass the Único opened up and got closer to the character of Valbuena but with more depth and clout, while showing extremely elegant. I tasted it again in the context of all the wines from the group, and it delivered all that I saw when I tasted it blind. 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 made me think of the old vintages of Único on the nose but with very polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel that provides elegance. This is a wine that ages for no less than ten years before it’s released. 2009 seems like a great vintage for Vega Sicilia, much better than what I anticipated. It should develop nicely in bottle.


This is by far the most prestigious wine estate in Spain, with an almost mythical reputation for quality and rarity. The property is located 100 miles north of Madrid in the shallow Duero (Douro) river valley on the high remote plateau of Castilla y Leon. The altitude is over 700 meters creating a special climate; the cold nights and hot days during the crucial ripening period in September largely contribute to the uniqueness of Vega Sicilia. In a good vintage only about 20,000 cases of wine are made and subsequently sold on a strict allocation basis. Demand in Spain alone well exceeds the total quantity available. First brought to the estate from Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe vineyards in 1864.

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Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2009

Spain, Ribera del Duero

abc 14%

Bottle Size: 750 ml

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs


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