New Release: Vega Sicilia Unico 2009, Valbuena 2014 and Reserva Especial 2019

New Release: Vega Sicilia Unico 2009, Valbuena 2014 and Reserva Especial 2019
“The elevage is complex, building from smaller barrels to larger barrels over a period of six years, finishing in larger vats. Then four years in bottle. Non-sequential releasing with the 2005 and 2006 being released after the 2007 and 2008. This 2009 has good ripeness and deep fruit-presence on the nose with rich red and dark plums, subtly earthy spice, cedar and fresh tobacco. There’s terrific concentration on the palate and very ripe dark-plum, blueberry and cherry flavors. The tannins are fresh, very long and carry flavors deep. Natural freshness and effortless power, too — a hallmark of Unico! Very open-knit and approachable now, this will age for two decades easily, and then some more”. - 98 Points, James Suckling.

Valbuena 2014 is back with a bang after the more challenging 2013 vintage. Bramble and black raspberry fruit intermingle with blackcurrant, sweet spice and toasted vanilla components. More and more 2014 is proving itself a lovely vintage in Ribera del Duero; a plentiful crop with no disease pressure or rush to harvest. Long hang time has resulted in very clear, bright aromas and a tweak to the elevage saw the second year’s ageing take place in large vats rather than small barrels. A gentler hand that aims for finesse rather than heft has produced a quality Valbuena that we happily recommend.

Reserva Especial 2019 is the estate’s legendary cuvee and the 2019 release is the product of the 2006, 2007 and 2009 vintages, the majority of which is the 100-point 2006. It is very special indeed and is perhaps the finest Reserva Especial we can remember.

“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.” - 99 Points, James Suckling.

The prices below are listed under bond exclusive of VAT. They are offered on an En Primeur basis and will be shipped in Spring 2019. Please contact your account manager to place your order or follow the link below. We expect demand to outstrip supply so the wines may need allocating.