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Vega Sicilia - Unico 2011

Spain
Red Wine from Ribera del Duero · Spain
£350.00 £280.00
Case Rate: £280.00
Ex Tax: £233.33
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Wine Region: Ribera del Duero
Winery: Vega Sicilia
Wine Maker: Javier Ausas
Grape: Tempranillo
Grape Percentage: 95% Tinto Fino, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: 2025-2055
Limited Stock: (3 btls)
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Rating 96 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Ribera del Duero
Winery: Vega Sicilia
Wine Maker: Javier Ausas
Grape: Tempranillo
Grape Percentage: 95% Tinto Fino, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: 2025-2055

Wine tasting notes

The youthful, red brick colour of the 2011 Único immediately suggests that this is still a mere infant, even with ten years of age. Aromas of strawberries, autumnal leaves and fresh saddle leather mingle with darker notes of bramble fruit and a hint of blackcurrants, sweet spice and dried camomile flowers. The palate is lean and tight; there is generosity evident with more maturing notes of sweeter strawberries, leather and cured meat in the background but these will need to be allowed time really to shine through. The tannins are incredibly fine, pin-prick and almost imperceptible at first, however the lightest of grips on the palate increases with tasting and the tannins are very clearly present on the finish. To me, this is a very subtle but incredibly beautiful Único which is about lightness of touch and a perfect representation of its terroir over anything else. It feels almost like the light itself, with pure energy and such delicate characteristics they almost evade ones grasp at this stage. However, it is that wonderful, understated yet intense, deep core of flavour on the literally endless finish that makes it truly spectacular.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011) - 96 pts

The Único released in 2021, 10 years after the harvest, is the 2011 Único, selected from 40 of their 210 hectares of vineyards. 2011 is a concentrated and ripe vintage, and they selected 95% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that were cooled in a cold room for 24 hours before being sorted; the bunches and grapes macerated at 9 to 10 degrees Celsius for three to four days, and then it was inoculated with a pied de cuve to ferment with pumping overs. Malolactic was in stainless steel, and the wine was put through a long aging, 10 years between oak and bottle, using new and used French and American oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats. For Vega Sicilia, 2011 was a fresher year than 2010, not the common idea about those vintages in Ribera del Duero. 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, and it's in this vintage and also in the Reserva Especial. 88,288 bottles, 3,505 magnums, 318 double magnums, 60 Imperial and 3 Salmanazar were produced. The wine was bottled in June 2017.


JancisRobinson.com (2011) - 18.5 pts

94% Tinto Fino, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. A vintage that follows the historic 2010. It might not be considered a mythical year but, since it was a cooler vintage, 2011 is built on precision and elegance. Five years in wood (of different formats, the last two years in large vats) and four years in the bottle. This is an Único with a very subtle, polished and delicate style. It is extremely fragrant, more aromatic than textured, subtler than the magnificent 2010, but approaching it in quality. Great complexity and balance, with deep aromas of cedar, cigar box, incense. Tertiary profile and with fruit that has evolved and is fully integrated into the wine. A vintage that's all about perfume. (FC)


James Suckling (2011) - 98 pts

Very ripe with plum, spice and dried-flower aromas, as well as chocolate, fresh flowers and sandalwood. Coffee and hints of meat. Sort of decadent. Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and an intense, juicy feel. Unique cedar and walnut undertones. So delicious now, but one for the future, too.

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