Unico Ribera del Duero 2005
Established in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, Vega Sicilia has been the apogee of Spanish wine for more than a century. It’s the county’s First Growth; Hugh Johnson compares it to Château Latour and Michael Broadbent MW likens it to Château Lafite, meanwhile Jancis Robinson draws comparison with Pomerol and Robert Parker calls it simply “the most prestigious wine estate in Spain”. The estate’s low-yielding old vines – some of which are more than 100 years old – produce perennially high-scoring reds. Unico – a Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon Ribera del Duero aged for almost a decade including around six years in new French and American oak barrels – is the flagship. In our opinion, Vega Sicilia’s Unico is one of those wines that everyone must try before they die.
Explosively aromatic, Unico 2005 leaps out of the glass with sweet red summer fruits, moist tobacco, vanilla pod, bonfires, earthy truffle, dried flowers, incense, spice racks and old leather boots trampling across a forest floor. On the palate it’s as sleek and lithe as a cat, offering cherry chocolate liqueurs, redcurrant, cranberry, Christmas cake and smoked pepper. Consider pairing with slow-cooked lamb shank, roasted guinea fowl, beef Wellington, truffle ravioli, taleggio crostini or mushrooms duxelles.
£41.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2493358
Style No.: 629502
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