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  • Country ranking ?

    181
  • Producer ranking ?

    34
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    beef Tenderloin with Shitake Mushrooms and Crisp Rosemary Potatoes

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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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Wine Information

VEGA SICILIA “UNICO”
VINTAGE: 1975

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: 70%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON: 15%
MERLOT 10%
MALBEC and ALBILLO: 5%

CLIMATOLOGY;
WINTER: Cold, average pluviometry.
SPRING: Mild, average rain. Frosts in April which delayed sprouting.
HARVEST: Normal, dry weather, high temperatures (8th October)


HISTORY
Once the fermentation process had ended, it remained for 24 months in large capacity wooden tanks. It was matured for 24 months in 575 liters tanks, 6 years in a semi-new and used casks. The rest of the time in bottles until being released.

TASTING
COLOUR: Intense, cherry red, with tile tones. Bright.
NOSE: Ample and elegant. Notes of evoluton of great quality in the bottle. Spices and menthol notes predominate.
MOUTH: Well constituted, the persistence of tannin is left to one side giving place to an aromatic complexity in the mouth. Original wine robust and current wine elegant.

PRODUCTION:
44.750 bordelaise bottles and 2.000 Magnum.

COMMERCIALIZATION
This wine was sold in a 75 cl. format during the year 1990. In Magnum size was released in 1994.

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Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long, Flavorful and Pure

flavors

Pepper, Cherry, Plum, Smoky, Tobacco and Nutty

nose

Youthful, Complex and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Medium-bodied, Firm, Harmonious and Focused

Written Notes

This was a vintage prior to the Álvarez family period. 1975 was not a successful vintage in many regions but Spain and the Ribera del Duero made a delightful exception. It is, in fact, known as one of the great historical vintages of the house. The wine perfectly lived up to its reputation being harmonious and powerful as well as youthful. Clear and deep ruby-red colour. The nose is astonishingly youthful revealing black cherry, lingonberry and smoke aromas. Oak nuances are still slightly noticeable and the delicate yet complex nose is enriched by tobacco notes. A medium-bodied, feminine and very elegantly harmonious wine. A firm tannic backbone supports the persistent and flavourful wine.
  • 93p

Deep ruby, brick rim, lots of sediments. A level fill, cork 2/3 soaked. Liquorice, dark fruits, leather, complex but a bit vague, it doesn't lack in concentration either, it's just always drifting away as you try to reach for something. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lingering, elegant, complex, a lot is always going on, but very elusive, long length. 90

  • 90p

“1975 has always been one of Vega Sicilia’s great vintag- es, and this tasting confirmed that the 1975 Unico Riser- va has the potential to be one of this historic winery’s fin- est offerings. The wine’s beautiful, saturated, dense ruby/ purple color is followed by a tight but rich nose of black and red fruits, spices, and toasty oak. Deep, with huge body and massive flavor extraction, this wine combines awesome power and richness with considerable structure and delineation.”(96pts)

  • 96p

Clear and deep ruby-red colour. The nose is astonishingly youhful reveiling black cherry, lingonberry and smoke aromas.  New oak nuances are still slightly noticeable and the delicate yet complex nose is enriched by tobacco notes. Medium-bodied, feminine and very elegantly harmonious wine.  A firm tannic backbone supports the persistent and flavourful wine.

  • 95p
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Information

Origin

Valbuena, Ribera el Duero

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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