2009 Vega Sicilia Unico (750ml)

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain

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Vega Sicilia has long led the way in Castilian Spain's heartland, making wine in Valbuena de Duero since 1846. When Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves returned from France in 1864 with his French barrels and varietals, experimenting in his vineyards and cellars with techniques learned in Bordeaux, he not only slowly transformed HIS wines, but also encouraged local growers to follow in his footsteps. Don Elroy's success at Vega Sicilia underscored the importance of the local variety of Tempranillo (known as Tinto Fino) and its place in the schistose sub-soils of these high elevation vineyards overlooking the River Duero. But it would require 118 years of consistency for Vega Sicilia before Ribera del Duero achieved DO status in 1982. That was also the year when the Alvarez family purchased Vega Sicilia, embarking on their mission of preserving the "ultimate, global prestigious benchmark." It's difficult to put into words the results of their investments; I visited with Pablo Alvarez recently and the place is beyond breathtaking. As most will remember, Mariano Garcia was responsible for 30 years' worth of the finest wines from Vega Sicilia, until his departure in 1998. But under Pablo's guidance, the multiple cuvees – spanning numerous districts – are better than ever. I have four of Vega Sicilia's finest today; wines adored for decades – treasures you'll love.

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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 Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Jan 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 (Dec 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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