Opened 10 hours before dinner, no decant. Beautiful and inviting ruby-garnet color, medium depth, clear at the rim. Just a bit shy on the nose, but showing violets, eucalpytus, oak, dark plum, toffee, and a touch of alcohol but nothing obtrusive. Lightish and exceptionally elegant on the palate, dark fruit, eucalypus, ripe tobacco, firmish tannins and good acidity. So smooth, almost feminine, and in such perfect balance, structured to last many years but superb now. Very Unico in style, though showing just a bit less depth and fruit than expected.
We bought this as a special treat from a private cellar-sale, so have never been entirely sure how well it had been treated, so didn't want to leave this too long. However never quite found the right time to open it either, and so last night (after reading about it in the Forum) drank as part of OTBN.
Opened about 2.5 hrs before the meal, and as per some good advice from this community poured a half glass and left in the bottle to see how much air/time seemed to be required. Looked so young, would never ever guess that this was 24 yrs old. And from the first sniff this was very much open for business, plums, cherry, blackberrys and other lush, ripe sweet fruits with just a touch of sweet vanilla oak, but then with a bit more air this developed further to show some fabulous complimentary savoury notes of spice, grilled meat and leather....delicious bouquet that kept evolving all evening.
Same on the palate...the first taste (just after pouring) was surprisingly fruity, and there was a bit of acid standing out in the finish, but after an hour or so it seemed to come together...the most silky, luxurious of wines, but with good acidity that livened up the finish (which was long and fabulous). Hard not to hold on to the glass and keep sipping....was going to try and save a half glass overnight (for investigative purposes), alas our willpower failed us all too easily.
Life affirming wine that I wish I could buy a case of and follow it for several years to come, but we are very happy and privileged to enjoy this snapshot of loveliness for OTBN....we'll be joining this tradition every year - great idea.
fantastic in fact. perfect example of classical Spanish Reds. almost Rioja like. great nose, with the strawberry touch, then great balance acidity, tannins as well as fruit and wood. great finesse. definitely ready to drink, at its peak. lovely!
When tasting Unicos or Vega Sicilia in general, I feel usually that it is a bordeaux with a very high level of acidity. So in such tastings I always get the feeling, that the wines are not liked all that much for that reason.
But if you give in, you get a wine with a nice balance, an intense presence and good length. This one was a very typical example
Drank half on day one and half on day two. After a few hours, the nose opened to reveal dark fruit, earth and cedar. On the palate more dark fruit, cedar and spice along with a slight mustard note. Wonderful purity and balance. Dense and remarkably youthful. This didn't budge much at all in 24hrs and was equally fresh. Has a long way to go.
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(Vega Sicilia Unico) Tempranillo 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 2%, Merlot & Malbec 13%. Due for release in 2004. This wine has a very youthful colour. Beautiful perfume on the nose, with a changing array of aromas. First aniseed, then notes of leather, then cloves, before opening out into a rich, treacle toffee character. This has complexity. Textured, smooth and silky on the palate. There is elegance here. Still a trace of oak presenting a toffee edge to the fruit, which fans out in an array of flavour on the finish. Wonderful length. This is brilliant - my favourite of this line up. Drink now and over the next ten years.
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