Hard To Obtain Even For Queens
Simply put, the 2006 Vega Sicilia Unico is a historic wine. Rated 100 points by James Suckling and 98 by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, who called it, “one of the best recent vintages of Único.” It is a massive accomplishment which can be savored, or cellared almost indefinitely. “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. Just released — at a price that delivers value when compared with Vega Sicilia’s equal’s: Bordeaux First Growths and cult Napa Cabs — this coveted allocation was made possible by Vega Sicilia’s wonderful Alvarez family. Direct from the estate and in perfect provenance, it has now finally arrived on our shores for immediate dispatch.
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.” I 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.
I 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, and is dear to my heart. The 1970 Unico goes down as one of the greatest bottles that I have ever enjoyed in my 23 years in the wine industry. 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.