This special allocation was made possible directly by Vega Sicilia’s wonderful Alvarez family, making the Wine Access guarantee of provenance impossible to beat.
This rare and historic wine earned 100 points from James Suckling and 98 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, which called it, “one of the best recent vintages of Unico.” It is a massive accomplishment, which will reward now in its youthful hedonistic phase, and will develop gorgeous complexity with time in your cellar. This is a must-drink stepping stone for anyone interested in the world’s great wines, and a rare chance to enjoy Vega Sicilia’s one-of-a-kind bottling on your own time, without the steep mark-ups of the auction block or Michelin-starred restaurants.
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 hard, aged cheeses.
“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.
We cannot recommend this wine highly enough. When compared to Bordeaux First Growths and cult Napa Cabernets of equal quality, this just-released and 12-year-old wine, matured in oak for an incredible 6 years, is an exceptional value. Spain’s most collectible 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.