Hard To Obtain Even For Queen Elizabeth II
Our last 25 bottles of the 2006 Vega Sicilia Unico are up for grabs on this final, last call. This rare and historic wine earned 100 points by James Suckling and 98 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, which called it, “one of the best recent vintages of Único.” It is a massive accomplishment, which will reward now in its youthful hedonistic phase, and will develop gorgeous complexity with time in your cellar.
“The Latour of Spain,” as Vega Sicilia is called, crafted a true masterpiece, aged for 12 years in cool cellars at the estate, showing layers of wild black fruits, exotic spices, anise, and truffles. Recently released at a price that delivers real value when compared with the only wines on equal footing as Vega Sicilia—Bordeaux’s First Growths and well-known cult Napa Cabs. This coveted allocation was made possible by Vega Sicilia’s wonderful Alvarez family. Direct from the estate and in perfect provenance, our last bottles are sitting in our cool, dark warehouse, waiting to find a home in your cellar.
Notoriously rare and difficult to obtain, Unico’s demand always outstrips its supply. The British Embassy famously tried to secure enough Unico for a royal dinner for Queen Elizabeth II but the Queen was granted just four cases from the winery. With a 100-point score already under its belt the 2006 vintage is shaping up to be one of the most coveted ever.
In his triple-digit review, James Suckling described 2006 Unico as: “Incredibly floral and beautiful with dark berry, spice, cedar and mint. Chinese plums. Asian spices. Bark. Tea. Full body, dense and so soft and complex. The finish goes on for minutes. Endless and fine. January 2018 release. This reminds me of the gorgeous 1991 or 1964. Drink forever. A wine that you want to spend time with.” We couldn’t agree more, this is a wine to linger and meditate over. It’s almost a shame to savour it with anything other than aged hard cheeses.
We cannot recommend this wine highly enough. When compared to Bordeaux First Growths and cult Napa Cabernets of equal quality, this just-released 12-year-old wine, matured in oak for an incredible 6 years, is an exceptional value. Spain’s most collectable red wine, Vega Sicilia’s Unico is legendary—one of the great wines of the world. The 1970 Unico goes down as one of the greatest bottles that we have ever enjoyed. Undoubtedly of Médoc First Growth quality, author and legendary wine expert Hugh Johnson has said “Vega Sicilia is the Latour” of Spain.
The long anticipated 2006—released after the 2007 and 2008!—will go down as one of the great vintages of Unico in the 21st century. The wine is profound and majestic, providing deeply thought-provoking pleasure, with layers of wild black fruits, exotic spices, anise, truffles, game, wild dried herbs and potpourri. The palate is thick and dense, yet seamlessly balanced with fresh acidity and rich velvety tannins. A meditation wine that gives wondrous pleasure now, but will reward further cellaring through to 2040.
Editor-in-Chief, Wine Access