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The highest scoring Unico in nearly half a century!
01 February 2019

When we first released Vega Sicilia’s flagship Unico almost two months ago we extolled the 2009’s “caressing, limber fruit” and intensity that spoke more to “length than density”. In the latest edition of The Wine Advocate published yesterday, Luis Gutierrez has gone further, framing this wonderful Unico as one of freshness, red fruit and “Burgundian-like characteristics”. In fact, at 98 points it is The Wine Advocate’s joint highest scoring Unico, along with 2006 and 1998, since the 100-point 1962. It is mighty impressive and simply unmissable! “I tasted a bottle of the 2009 Único blind and was taken by the freshness, the red fruit notes and the Burgundian-like characteristics of this vintage, which on paper was quite warm and dry. I also tasted the 2009 Valbuena, which is always more approachable, and was blown away by its aromatics. With time in the glass the Único opened up and got closer to the character of Valbuena but with more depth and clout, while showing extremely elegant. I tasted it again in the context of all the wines from the group, and it delivered all that I saw when I tasted it blind. It takes some time to unfurl its aromatic palette, and it feels young and somewhat undeveloped, younger than it is. It has a touch that made me think of the old vintages of Único on the nose but with very polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel that provides elegance. This is a wine that ages for no less than ten years before it's released. 2009 seems like a great vintage for Vega Sicilia, much better than what I anticipated. It should develop nicely in bottle. 74,274 bottles, 3,390 magnums, 209 double magnums and 22 imperials were produced. It has been in bottle since June 2015.” – 98 Points, Luis Gutierrez.

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