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  • Decanting time

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The Story

Unico is the Vega Sicilia flagship. The qualities of the Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon in different proportions are assembled to perfection in this wine. Each provides a differentiating factor that makes the wine great in every vintage.

The vines are grown on plots where the land is located at the point between the slopes down from the wasteland and the alluvial plain. The soil nearest the surface is made out of fine colluvial deposits from the hillside with small fragment of limestone. There is abundant quartz gravel deeper down in a sandy main soil. There are many angular limestone boulders on the surface.

Red wine made in controlled fermentation using native yeast in wooden tanks. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in wood.  After its fermentation, its goes through what is probably the world's longest ageing of a red wine, almost 10 years between wood and bottle. The different stages take place in different types of barrel: American and French wood, new and used 225-litre barrels, 20,000-litre vats, each batch is what determines the type of wood and the time spent in each container. After the stage in the wood, it is aged in the bottle to complete a long and complex ageing process. It will normally spend 6 years in wood and three in the bottle.

The different elements in its preparation are fine-tuned in the search of the master line that has guided the wine. Único remains true to a clear and well-defined style, with an inimitable character and style; elegance, strength, ageing capacity... A unique and timeless taste that has elevated it to among the aristocracy of the great classic wines.

It offers an infinite complexity that is gradually revealed, in every sip, the palate immensely silky and elegant, and has an ageing capacity that only a handful of wines in the world can claim.

 

Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico is still “a prophet in its own land”, Spain, and only a small part of the production leaves the country to be sold abroad. The production of Unico varies from 30.000 to 100.000 bottles depending on the year. The commercial success of Unico is nevertheless decided beforehand regardless of the amount produced, since each vintage is already sold out before the bottling. Yet 700 people are queuing for Unico´s customer list hoping that some of the customers of long standing would give up their place, or forget to order anything for two years, which automatically drops them from the list. The list of the privileged subscribers does not exceed 4,000, and they naturally remain anonymous. Pablo Alvarez, manager of Vega Sicilia, is conscientious when it comes to impartiality towards long standing loyal customers, even though the balance between the company´s firm commercial policy and influential quarters wanting wines outside its customer list is not always easy to maintain.

 


For example, when Queen Elizabeth II visited Spain a few years ago, the British Embassy wanted Vega Sicilia to represent Spain´s wine tradition at the dinner arranged to honour the Queen. Although the order had been duly placed and at decent notice, the estate was able to deliver only four cases for the dinner, of course with all manner of apologies for not having been able to meet the order in full.
Respecting loyal customers has been a matter of tremendous importance for Bodegas Vega Sicilia throughout its history. When Jesús Anadón was the estate steward the United States´ importer paid a visit and told him that in his faraway homeland the demand was more than 200.000 bottles. As he determinedly insisted that his order be multiplied, the inimitable Jesús stated without blinking an eye that the limit was 500 bottles and no more, and this was his last word.


Unico is a unique wine, and one of the great Spanish classics. It is the signature wine of Vega Sicilia and is taken from some of the oldest vines available. The wine is mostly Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon.
– The Unico wine is produced only in exceptional years, that is, in the course of one decade two or three vintages are "sacrificed" in order to maintain the high quality. It is right that the effect of the harvest is present in each wine: then the -81, -74, -75, -66. -65 and -62 are Unicos in aromatical complexity reaching baroque extremes and the -70, -89, -62, -42 and -22 ones are based on the tannic power reaching to be perpetual wine” , said Mr. Alvarez to me when we asked his personal opinion best vintages of Unicos

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Vintage 1942

VEGA SICILIA UNICO 1942

WINE PRODUCTION
Considering the different varieties of grape used in its composition, the most approximate percentage of each of them in this vintage is given below:
TINTO FINO: 75%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON: 15%
MERLOT, MALBEC and ALBILLO: 10%

CLIMATOLOGY; Due to the lack of the exact information regarding the climate in 1942 and according to our notes, we would point out:

WINTER: Cold with high rainfall.
SPRING: Cold. Little rain.
SUMMER: Hot. Important thermal interval. Average rain.
HARVEST: Normal. Good weather.

HISTORY

The phases in the typical maturing process of the wines in this period were: First step in a large wooden wine vats, second in 700 litre wooden tanks and third in used casks. Exceptionally new casks may have been used coinciding with the replacement of the old casks.

TASTING

COLOUR: iodine, bright.

NOSE: Complex and elegant. Very present aromas from reduction in the bottle. Wine for decanting.

MOUTH: Fresh and elegant. Interesting balance between the wood, variety and reduction. Great personality.

PRODUCTION:

12.150 bordelaise bottles.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Brick red and Bright

ending

Medium, Extensive and Flavorful

flavors

Meaty, Vanilla, Tobacco, Spice, Tropical fruits and Blackberry

nose

Intense, Fresh, Seductive and Rich

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Mature, Full-bodied, Fresh, Refined, Harmonious and Silky tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle, in an perfect condition and has by the neck level. Colour is brick red, full and mature. On the nose it is intense, open, mature, fresh, seductive, rich and charming. The taste is ripe, refined, harmonious, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced, well-structured, good texture structure and mature. On the palate it is layered and has meaty, creamy, coffee, blackberry, glycerin, herbs, cedar, tobacco, tropical fruits, spice and smoky flavours. The finish is long, extensive, smooth, flavorful and vibrant. This wine is sophisticated, transparent and impressive. I paid around 1k-3k€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money.
  • 97p

Ruby. Scented, figs, red berries, some anise, spices, nuanced, floral, mint, exotic, layers, leather nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, bright, fruity, red berries, anise, leather, refreshing, cherries, some spices, leaner, but long. 94

  • 94p

Brick red colour. Excellent nose with complex approach, a wine in perfection, hints of dark berries and prunes in the background, mild spices, great depth, discreet roasting aroma. On the palate fine fruit and mild spices, complex and rich with elegant and persistent length, great wine.

  • 97p

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Origin

Valbuena, Ribera el Duero

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Unico 1942  ( Bodegas Vega Sicilia )

Ruby. Scented, figs, red berries, some anise, spices, nuanced, floral, mint, exotic, layers, leather nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, bright, fruity, red berries, anise, leather, refreshing, cherries, some spices, leaner, but long. 94

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Unico 1942  ( Bodegas Vega Sicilia )

Brick red colour. Excellent nose with complex approach, a wine in perfection, hints of dark berries and prunes in the background, mild spices, great depth, discreet roasting aroma. On the palate fine fruit and mild spices, complex and rich with elegant and persistent length, great wine.

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