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Unico (75 cl.)

Unico 2003 (75 cl.)

Domain : Vega Sicilia Watch this domain
Appellation : D.O. Ribera del Duero View this appellation
Region : Castilla y León Watch this region
Category : Red wine View this category
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Assemblage : 92% Tinto Fino, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
Size : 75 cl.
Year : 2003
Bottle stopper : Kurk
Alcohol percentage : 14.5%
Pack unit : 3
Taste profile : Red wine : powerfull, complex, rich, aging potential
Reviews
: 94/100 The Wine Advocate, R.Parker

Vega Sicilia’s 2003 Unico, mainly Tempranillo with a balancing 8% of Cabernet Sauvignon, was aged in wood for nearly seven years before being bottled, starting with 15 months in large oak vats, followed by 25 months in new barriques, before being transferred to used ones for another 17 months and ...

Vega Sicilia’s 2003 Unico, mainly Tempranillo with a balancing 8% of Cabernet Sauvignon, was aged in wood for nearly seven years before being bottled, starting with 15 months in large oak vats, followed by 25 months in new barriques, before being transferred to used ones for another 17 months and ending its elevage with a further 22 months in those large wood vats again. As I uncork the bottle, the aroma reminds me of a classical Tempranillo, with some dill notes from the American oak and a minty hint from the Cabernet. It actually makes me think of traditional Rioja, believe it or not. The wine doesn’t show the heat of the vintage, and manages to transmit a general sensation of balance and finesse that is quite remarkable for the characteristics of the year. The aim here was to avoid the confited and raisiny notes of the fruit and the spirity character so common in that vintage. It starts off slightly lactic, with notes of cafe au lait, coconut and cola. With a bit of time, it turns more flowery and shows more red fruit. It is very aromatic, with plenty dry herbs, thyme and rosemary, even pine nuts, a bit of resin and some cured meat, and overall has a very complex nose. The mouth is a little more transparent toward the heat of the vintage, it is powerful and full-bodied, but manages to keep freshness. The minty note is there, with some hints of chalk that make it very tasty. It feels briary and opulent. A success over the vintage conditions, it already shows some signs of complexity, which points at an approachable Unico. Even though it can be drunk now, it will get more polished and integrated with a few years in bottle.

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Description

Primeur - valid until March 9th 2020.
This is the flagship go the estate. In the good vintages, the Unico represents one third of its total production.
The prestigious cuvée has always been made the same way; the ageing process has never changed: the wien cannot be sold before it is 10 years old.
The grapes of Unico come from older vines (average: 35 years) and the cuvée is only made in the best vintages.

Vinification

After fermentation, the wine stays for some time in large wooden vats. This is where and when its future is determined: Unico or Valbuena.
The superior qualities (Unico) will be aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels, then in American oak barrels for a duration which varies according to the vintage.
Then the wine is put back into the larger vats.
Unico is bottled after 6 years of ageing, on average. Then it is left to ripen in the bottle for at least 4 years.
In the greater vintages, Unico can stay longer in the oak - up to 9 years.

Tasting analysis

The key words here are concentration, complexity and length.
Red and black fruit - blackcurrant, strawberry, cherry, plum, mint, figs, spices, moka, licorice, coconut, chocolate.
In tastings, Unico and Reserva Especial always feel 20 or 30 years younger than they are, mainly thanks to the underlying acidity typical of the Tempranillo.

Storage potential

30 years.

Serving

Serve at 18°C, in a large glass, after
decanting for 5 hours (at least during the first 5 years after bottling).

Dish suggestions

Meat

  • beef
  • deer/roe (game)
  • hare (game)
  • lamsvlees

Cooking methods

  • fried
  • grilled
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