2009 Vega Sicilia 'Unico' Ribera del Duero

$550.00
(Net Item - no discounts apply)
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A wine that flirts with perfection, vintage after vintage, the 2009 Unico can’t help but impress. Surprising freshness and rich, red fruit on the nose alongside subtle cedar and earthy spice. The palate shows brilliant concentration and very ripe fruit, carried by fresh, long tannins. Time in the bottle has only elevated the beauty and effortless power in this wine.

Varietal:
Red Blend
Winemaker:
Javier Ausas
Vintage:
2009
Aging:
24 months
Oak Treatment:
French and American wood
Appellation:
Ribera del Duero
Total Varietal Composition %:
94% Tinto Fino, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol %:
14.0%
SKU #:
1038714
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WA98

Wine Advocate

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. (LG)

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James Suckling

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.

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Vinous

Inky ruby. An assertively perfumed, highly complex bouquet displays powerful, mineral-accented dark berry preserve, exotic spice, vanilla, potpourri and incense aromas, along with suggestions of cola and mocha. Broad, focused and deeply concentrated, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that show remarkable clarity and are given spine and lift by a core of juicy acidity. The spice, mineral and floral notes resonate emphatically on the strikingly long, sweet finish, which features harmonious tannins and building, resonating dark berry character. (JR)

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Decanter

Given how structured Único is for the long term, this great 2009, the latest vintage to be releases, is delightfully approachable now. On the nose there are delicate notes of red fruits, vanilla and cedar, while in the mouth it’s equally elegant and gloriously supple, with remarkably well-handled tannins. Overall, there's the keynote freshness, which sustains the superbly long finish. Says Gonzalo Iturriaga: ‘This is what Vega Sicilia is all about. It's this complexity, this youth, and also this capacity to age.

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Wine Spectator

This red is rich yet vibrant, dense yet graceful. Cherry and plum flavors are backed by forest floor, cedar, tobacco and mineral notes, supported by muscular, well-integrated tannins that give way to a spicy, slightly bitter finish. Complex and harmonious. (TF)

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Wine Enthusiast

The warmth of the 2009 vintage is apparent from the start—the nose is warm and murky, with raisiny fruit. On the palate, this is thick and rich, with prune notes. Flavors of cassis, prune, raisin and chocolate are smooth and rich, while this is dense on the finish. If you’re looking for suave elegance, it’s not here.