2004 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Bodegas Vega-Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain
|Region||Castilla y Leon|
|Appellation||Ribera del Duero|
|Grape Variety||Tempranillo Blend|
|Packaging||Original Wood Case|
|Duty Status||In Bond|
|Provenance||Purchased by Liquid Assets on release from a UK-based merchant; securely stored in a climate-controlled bonded facility|
97 Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate (August 2014)
Moving on to the big guns, the 2004 Unico is truly spectacular, in line with the 1970 and 1994. It’s a blend of 87% Tempranillo and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Unico has a unique long aging, in the case of the 2004, 15 months in 20,000-liter vats, 25 month in new barrels, 17 months in used barrels and a further 26 months in the big oak vats.
It has complex notes of tobacco, cedar wood and blackberries, and shows very good balance between power and elegance as well as perfect ripeness. It has a similar profile to the 1994, but there’s ten years difference in experience and technical knowledge. There is nuance; there is detail, filigree, balance, harmony and complexity. There is a fine texture. In short, it is a great, world-class wine, a superb vintage for Unico. 87,500 bottles, 2,229 magnums, 150 double magnums and 5 Imperials were filled with this extraordinary wine. This is approachable now, but it’s a shame to drink so soon. It will age for a very long time, as it has the balance and harmony to do so, and it will develop more complexity with time. Drink 2016-2029. But if the single harvest Unico is fantastic, the multi-vintage blend could be even better as it also plays with the benefit of extra aging time.
96 Josh Raynolds, Vinous (September 2014)
Inky ruby: doesn't look like a ten-year old wine. A heady, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, vanilla, pipe tobacco, new leather and potpourri, with a subtle mineral flourish. Spicy, sweet and expansive, offering palate-staining cherry compote and cassis flavors with exotic violet and chewing tobacco qualities.
Deepens and gains spiciness on the smooth, gently tannic finish, which lingers with superb focus and tenacity.