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2013 Vega Sicilia UnicoBlend from Spain

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"For decades the fame of this bodega, established in 1864, has extended far outside the region and Spain. It produces some of the most coveted and age-worthy wine in the world....

  • 98 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 97 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 96 Wine Spectator
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Ratings:

98

This has a polished and complex nose of poached plums, dark cherries, tea leaves, graphite, milk chocolate and a touch of caramel. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm yet creamy tannins. Caressing, seductive and ripe, but with underlying freshness. 97% tempranillo and 3% cabernet sauvignon. Tasted from magnum. The normal bottle will be released 2023 and the magnum in 2025. Try after 2023.

97 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

I had already tasted the 2013 Único from magnum in a vertical tasting of all the magnums ever produced and was quite impressed by it (and the still unreleased 2014 that should be available in 2024). 2013 saw a rainy harvest, and the wine is subtle, elegant and fresh, complex, silky and with precision. The wine matured in 225-liter barrels in an initial phase and then in 22,000-liter oak vats until it was bottled in June 2019. This year, the final blend was 97% Tinto Fino and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon with a little less alcohol, 14%, and a pH of 3.78 and 5.2 grams of acidity, fresh and balanced, more elegant and subtler. Único often transcends the character of the vintage and doesn't follow the norm in the region, and the 2013 is a good example of that. It was a very rainy and complicated vintage; they harvested quite quickly to avoid botrytis, and while other people waited for concentration, they did not, and their approach clearly paid back. It's aromatic and floral, less dense than the 2012, subtler, more expressive and more elegant. It's clean and fresh, tasty, with very fine tannins. It's a big surprise for the vintage and one of the finest Únicos in the last few years. 76,476 bottles, 3,658 magnums and some larger formats produced, the shortest crop since 2009.

96 Wine Spectator

Rich and savory at first, with hints of leather, mesquite smoke and fresh earth that transition to underscore the range of black plum, dried mint, spice box and graphite flavors. Firm, chalky tannins are wrapped in a finely woven profile, showing a sense of finesse and overall balance through to the lasting finish. Tinto Fino and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2035. 6,373 cases made, 790 cases imported.

Product Description:

"For decades the fame of this bodega, established in 1864, has extended far outside the region and Spain. It produces some of the most coveted and age-worthy wine in the world. While wines from decades past (I’ve had the good luck to taste and drink wines going back to 1921) were almost always excellent to otherworldly, things really kicked up when the Alvarez family purchased the estate in 1982. Under the watch of Pablo Alvarez and with massive investment in the vineyards and winery, the quality of the wines being made here now is both consistent and astoundingly high. In the context of First Growth Bordeaux, Grand Cru Burgundy and even some Napa Valley wines, the legendary Unico, which ages in barrels for ten years before bottling, is actually a great value. It has always garnered the attention of well-heeled collectors, and rightfully so...." - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Product Detail

Item # 133154
Country Spain
Region Castille and Leon
Sub-Region Ribera del Duero
Ratings

98 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

97 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

96 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2013
Color Red
ABV N/A
Varietal(s) Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla
Nose berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box