19 April 2014

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Unico

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Abacela's line, and was inspired by the iconic Vega Sicilia Unico. This is produced in a Gran Reserva style, though aged in French rather than American oak. This was an amazing wine, and reminded me of some high end Spanish Tempranillo wines. From its alluring aromas to its complex melange of flavors, this wine impressed from start to finish. I think it was very drinkable now, and will continue to remain strong for years to come. It is difficult to describe this wine, which is …

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…this is the top of their line. Inspired by the iconic Vega Sicilia Unico , Earl has long desired to make a Gran Reserva style, and the great vintage of 2005 provided him an opportunity. 2005 also happened to be an excellent vintage in Spain too. One key difference between Spanish Gran Reservas and the Paramour is that Earl chose to use French oak rather than American. The Paramour spent about two years in French oak barrels ( 30% new) and then four years in the bottle. Only …

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By Marisa D'Vari of Wine Reviews: A Wine Story 5 months ago.
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Ribera del Duero estate. Two wines are made at this original Vega Sicilia estate: the top end Unico, only made in the best years, and Valbueno. Both wines are made in similar ways I will later describe, yet the key difference is that Valbueno does not age as extensively as Unico.

The Tour

We begin the tour in the cellar, filled with bright shiny equipment and a variety of workers in white lab coats, looking very serious as they take various measurements or gently pump over the grapes …

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By Marisa D'Vari of Wine Reviews: A Wine Story 1 year ago.
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Vega Sicilia, gave a fabulous tutored tasting of his wines including the Vega Sicilia Unico 1981, 1994, and 2004 along with the Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial made from the three best years: 1990, 1996, and 1999.

We also had a chance to try the Valbuena 1998 and 2008.

What was interesting about this tasting is that the "aged" wines showed so very young. The color was rich garnet, and quite intense, with very little fading at the rims. If anything, the power and intensity …

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There is an aura surrounding Unico, Spain's most aristocratic vinous offering. Unico is the flagship cuvée from Vega Sicilia and perhaps the most iconic Spanish wine available worldwide. An invitation arose to taste 26 vintages of Unico at The Square, Mayfair in a ‘vertical' comparison with wines dating back from 1920 to their youngest barrel sample, 2005. This generous opportunity allowed me to witness the scope and style through the decades from this infamous property: what a tasting it proved to be!

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By Sarah Covey of Blog almost 2 years ago.
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Vega Sicilia in stock at the moment as well, including one bottle of the 2000 " Unico", below:

2000 Vega Sicilia " Unico" Ribera del Duero ($349.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Unico is deep crimson-colored with an ethereal perfume aided by its extended upbringing. Aromas of Asian spices, lavender, incense, truffle, and confiture of black fruits are compelling. Sweet, forward, rich, and hedonistic, it nevertheless …

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By Brian Kropf of Mutineer Magazine 2 years ago.
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Following in its tradition of continually evolving the landscape of Tequila, Milagro Tequila today announced its latest product innovation, as it launches UNICO, a super premium, limited edition micro distilled joven blend. Available nationwide in extremely limited quantities, UNICO promises to...

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By WineCompass of Wine Compass Blog almost 3 years ago.
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Unico" and the Tinto Valbuena 5° Cosecha 2006 . What an opportunity. The Unico is only produced in choice years and then released after a minimum of ten years aging - in this case twelve years. The Valbuena brand is crafted during non-Unico years after 5 years' aging. This explains the "5°" part of the name. These are serious wines at serious prices. And way out of my league in terms of coinage and sophistication. Theses wines are full bodied monsters, but simultaneously …

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By Matt.mmwine of A Good Time With Wine almost 3 years ago.
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Valbuena wines are from vines between 10 and 35 years old, while the Unico is made from vines between 35 and 60 years. The wines go through malolactic fermentation and then rest for a year in the oak vats. The Valbuena wines are then aged for three and a half years in smaller oak casks, while the Unico are aged seven years.

However, the selective nature of Vega Sicilia goes beyond a prolonged aging process. They carefully monitor the wines, particularly the Unico, before they are …

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By Vincent Fritzsche of élevage 3 years ago.
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Nevertheless, Vega Scilia is legendary. Their top wine, Unico, is insanely prized and expensive, produced only in certain years when the winery feels the quality is high enough. Valbuena then is a "second wine," but second only in a sense. Valbuena itself is prized by collectors around the world and the quality of the wine speaks for itself. Tasting this 2001, I can't see how this isn't top quality. How does wine like this, of both name and quality, sit in a distributor's …

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