Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14.5%
Why We Love This Wine
Vega Sicilia is by far the most prestigious wine estate in Ribera del Duero, and perhaps in all of Spain, with an almost mythical reputation of both rarity & quality for their wines. Located 100 miles north of Madrid on a high elevation, remote plateau of Castilla y Leon in the town of Valbuena del Duero, their grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec all brought from Bordeaux classified growth vineyards by the Estate's founder in 1864 with their main varietal still remaining to be the indigenous Tempranillo grape. The historical provenance of the estate was instrumental in the designation of Ribera del Duero as a DOC (Denominacion Origen Calcificada) in 1982, making the region at par with Rioja. Three flagship cuvees have made Vega Sicilia legendary: the Unico, Unico Reserva Especial (multi-vintage blend), and their Valbuena 5 Ano. These wines are legendary not only for their supreme quality but also for the prices they command. Varying vintages seamlessly blend together in this unique multi-vintage Unico Reserva Especial. The nose reveals terrific dark fruit, tobacco, spice, & loamy earth notes. On the palate, an array of red & black cherry fruit as well as plum fruit flavors are manifested with trace saline hints of iodine & oyster shell minerals. This is a very fresh, complex, & expertly blended wine consisting of the 2006, 2007, & 2009 Unico Vintages.
Winemaker / Tasting Notes
The Unico Reserva Especial is a wine of great personality. It combines the complexity of the Unico multiplied by different vintages thereby providing a wide range of aromas of pure elegance in a never ending rhythmic flow expressing the mythical magic of the prestigious Vega Sicilia Estate. Only the best Unicos are used to produce the Reserva Especial: mixing years, virtues, experiences, & sentiments that serve only to profile the profound essence & unique style of the Vega Sicilia Estate Vineyards.