2019 Único Reserva Especial (2006, 2007, 2009), Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain

2019 Único Reserva Especial (2006, 2007, 2009), Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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2019 Único Reserva Especial (2006, 2007, 2009), Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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Made from a blend of 2006, 2007 and 2009 Único, this is a fascinating comparison to the single 2009 vintage wine. Huge levels of dark blackberry fruit ooze through and there is a richness to Reserva Especial with is really noticeable. This is a warming wine to savour and sink in to. It is really layered with a savoury, toasty core and the additional maturity of the 2006 and 2007 components is evident in its mellow style. Notes of leather and macerated berries come across, yet it is still incredibly fresh with such super-fine tannins. This is smooth, svelte and extremely long. Drink 2019-2040.

Catriona Felstead MW, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Dec 2018)

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The Wine Advocate95/100
James Suckling99/100
Jancis Robinson18/20
Vinous96/100
The Wine Advocate95/100
As I've seen in recent years, the non-vintage blend NV Único Reserva Especial 2019 Release contains younger wines than what the older releases used to me made up of. In this case, it's 2006, 2007 and 2009 and in fact contains wine from the current release of Único, so not much older. It's mostly Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo) and some Cabernet Sauvignon. It had a slightly longer élevage in oak, as the blend was put in bottle in June 2015, at the same time as the 2009 Único; therefore, the 2006 and 2007 components were in oak for a longer time. It has a similar character to the 2009, perhaps a little more subtle and elegant but not really more complex, with some tannins and a medium-bodied palate. 17,071 bottles and 2010 magnums produced.

Drink 2019 - 2029

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Jan 2019) Read more
James Suckling99/100
Vintages blended seamlessly together. Unique to Vega Sicilia. The tobacco, spice and earthy depth here is terrific. Very complex iodine and almost oyster shell minerals. An array of red and black cherries and plums. Very complex. Very fresh. A blend of 2006, 2007 and 2009. Try in 2022.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Dec 2018) Read more
Jancis Robinson18/20

Composed of the 2006, 2007 and 2009 vintages. To be released in 2019.

Charred wood, tea leaves, dried cherries and milk chocolate. The fruit has a more mature style than the 2009 (understandably) and there is superb tarry character adding complexity to the finish. Slinky tannins. Finishes with an oxidative edge that makes me conservative about drinking dates.

Drink 2018 - 2028

Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com (Dec 2018) Read more
Vinous96/100
Inky, bright-rimmed ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays sexy black and blue fruit liqueur scents complicated by suggestions of potpourri, vanilla and incense. Stains the palate with sweet, deeply concentrated boysenberry, cherry cola and fruitcake flavors; a sexy violet pastille nuance emerges with aeration. Rich but also impressively balanced, with velvety tannins building slowly on a strikingly long, penetrating finish. This is the 2020 release for this non-vintage blend.

Drink 2023 - 2037

Josh Raynolds, vinous.com (Dec 2020) Read more

About this WINE

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia, Spain's “first growth” and most prestigious wine estate, is located in Ribera del DueroIt was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who arrived from Bordeaux with cuttings of local grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec) and planted them, together with Spain’s signature grape Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo) in the arid Ribera soils.

The winery begun building its formidable reputation after 1903 under the ownership of Antonio Herrero, winning a number of awards at home and overseas. The estate changed hands several more times before its acquisition by the current owners, the Álvarez family, in 1982.

The estate’s success is founded on its meticulous approach. In the vineyard it applies low yields, aided by green harvesting and painstaking selection at harvest. In the winery, wines are aged in any number of receptacles – using French and American, new and old oak, small barrels or huge vats – to engender further complexity. Despite prolonged barrel ageing, the fruit is never dried out or overly oaky – compelling evidence of the superb quality of its raw materials.

The Vega Sicilia range includes three cuvées: Único (literally translating as “unique”) is the flagship, followed by Único Reserva Especial (a multi-vintage blend) and their “entry-level” offering Valbuena 5° (an expression of Tinto Fino aged for five years, hence the “5°”). The top two wines are a blend of Tinto Fino with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot, depending on the vintage. They are both aged for approximately 10 years prior to release, normally spending six of those in barrel and three in bottle.

This illustrious property laid the founding stone for Ribera del Duero, which is now acknowledged to be one of the best wine regions in Spain.

Vega Sicilia has now built up a portfolio which includes Bodegas Alion (providing a more modern expression of Ribera del Duero),  Bodegas Pintia (in the emerging region  Toro), Macán (a partnership with Benjamin de Rothschild) and the Hungarian Tokaji estate, Oremus.

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Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

A high quality red wine grape that is grown all over Spain except in the hot South - it is known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepenas and Ull de Llebre in Catalonia. Its spiritual home is in Rioja and Navarra where it constitutes around 70% of most red blends.

Tempranillo-based wines tend to have a spicy, herbal, tobacco-like character accompanied by ripe strawberry and red cherry fruits. It produces fresh, vibrantly fruit driven "jovenes" meant for drinking young. However Tempranillo really comes into its own when oak aged, as with the top Riojas  where its flavours seem to harmonise perfectly with both French and American oak, producing rich, powerful and concentrated wines which can be extraordinarily long-lived.

In Ribera del Duero it generally sees less oak - the exception being Vega Sicilia where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and then aged for an astonishing 7 years in oak and is unquestionably one of the world`s greatest wines.

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