Vega Sicilia Unico 2004 – a legend in the making.
There has been a lot of hype around the newest Vega Sicilia release and all we can say is, believe the hype; Vega Sicilia Unico 2004 is an absolute beauty. Whether it is the modern day equivalent of the 1970 (winemaker Javier Ausas’s view), or a sibling to the 1994 (Neal Martin), is really neither here nor there. What it is, like every great bottle of wine, is unique.
Combining power with complex aromatics and near perfect control Unico 2004 destined to go down in the history books. The product of a textbook Ribera del Duero vintage it spent a total of 58 months in large wooden vats and small new barrels. The remaining time before release was spent in bottle. The blend in 2004 is 83% Tempranillo and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon.
“Layers of sweet fruit, fresh cep, sandalwood, bramble, touches of eucalyptus, tightly coiled yet very intense and nuanced –this just keeps on giving. On the palate, sweet refined small berry fruit, powerful yet beautifully restrained and controlled, layers of fruit bound by a wonderful sense of inner perfume, with cherry, orange peel and a strong florality on the finish. Powerful yet sleek. At 10 this is still an infant, yet one with the most terrific sense of harmony.” Julian Campbell, Justerini & Brooks
“Pablo Alvarez described 2004 as a textbook vintage with perfect temperatures and rain just when it was needed. The 2004 has a haunting bouquet of dark brambly black fruit, cassis, honey, a tang of marmalade and bacon fat. It already boasts an intense, burly bouquet that will require years to soften. The palate is full-bodied with succulent, ripe, intense black cherries, white pepper, minerals and liquorice and it fans out beautifully towards the finish with tar-tinged black fruit interlaced with black pepper. This is a multi-dimensional Unico, more masculine and grander than the 2005, perhaps the sibling of the 1994?”
97/100 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com #202