New Release: Vega Sicilia

New Release: Vega Sicilia
The latest release of any wine from Vega Sicilia tends to generate much excitement in the wine loving world and today’s release of the 2006 Unico should be no exception. Recently given the magic three digit score by James Suckling, it was held back in the cellars of the estate while the less powerful 2007 and 2008 vintages were released. Complex and erudite, the extra time in the cellar has clearly worked wonders on the tannic profile as it melts seamlessly into the balsamic, sous bois, tea leaf, morel mushroom and salty hedgerow fruit profile that this already displays. Hugely enjoyable now but also, according to Mr Suckling a “drink forever” candidate.

"Incredibly floral and beautiful with dark berry, spice, cedar and mint. Chinese plums. Asian spices. Bark. Tea. Full body, dense and so soft and complex. The finish goes on for minutes. Endless and fine. January 2018 release. This reminds me of the gorgeous 1991 or 1964. Drink forever. A wine that you want to spend time with." 100 points, James Suckling.

Sitting alongside that is Valbuena 2013, a very different prospect from a tricky, rain affected vintage – it deserves a place in a dedicated Valbuena collector’s cellar if a vertical is being followed, but beyond that we didn’t find the quality up to the usual standards of Valbuena.

The final wine in the trio is the ever popular Reserva Especial bottling. Comprising three vintages, this is a cuvee which harks back to earlier days when blending of vintages to create something greater than the sum of its parts was a regular occurrence. Today’s release is the 2018 bottling (the UK market receives an advance release) and is a blend of 2005, 2006 and 2007. Fresher, more precise and tightly wound than the other wines in the tasting, this really is an ode to the blend and a remarkably elegant bottle of Ribera del Duero.