2005 Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero

2005 Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero

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A past Wine Access story about 2005 Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero

The long anticipated 2005 — released after the 2007 and 2008s! — will go down as one of the great vintages of Unico in the 21st century.

“Vega Sicilia is the Latour” of Spain

I have secured a coveted allocation of 2005 Vega Sicilia Unico — one of the greatest and most collectible wines in the world. Unico is notoriously rare and difficult to obtain. The British Embassy famously tried to secure enough for a royal dinner for Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen was granted just four cases from the winery.

This allocation comes directly from Vega Sicilia, thanks to a longstanding friendship with Elisa Kwon de Alvarez, who’s husband, Pablo Alvarez, is Vega Sicilia’s CEO (his family has owned this great estate since 1982). I cannot recommend this wine highly enough. When compared to Bordeaux First Growths and cult Napa Cabernets of equal quality, this recently-released 12-year-old wine, matured in oak for an incredible 6 years, is an incredible value. Offered first back in August, our small allocation sold out in a flash. The owners were so impressed by our Wine Access client’s buying power, they have offered another allocation. Priced at $375 per bottle on this second allocation. Direct from the winery.

Spain’s most collectible 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 2005 — released after the 2007 and 2008s! — 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 2035.     

The critics share my enthusiasm for the 2005 Unico, with Vinous rating it 97 points and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rating it 96. I’ve included the full reviews below for your reference.

I cannot recommend this wine highly enough — compared to Bordeaux First Growths and cult Napa Cabernets it is incredible value. — Matt Deller MW

Customer Ratings

Based on 12 ratings

NOT 5 stars as I expected from the "glowing reviews". 4 stars was totally fair for this wine, i.e.: Very Good, but Not Exceptional. -- I have tasted better Spanish wines.

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