Vega Sicilia Único 2009
Único es la gran referencia de Vega Sicilia. Un vino que procede de las viñas más viejas de la propiedad y que se encuentra entre los vinos "leyenda" que todo aficionado debería probar al menos una vez en su vida. Ideal para su guarda, que en óptimas condiciones puede prolongarse hasta 60 años, muestra una complejidad "infinita" en cada sorbo, no en vano es uno de los vinos con mayor periodo de crianza del mundo. Su estilo se rige por tres constantes inmutables: elegancia, firmeza y capacidad de envejecimiento. La añada 2009, además, se caracterizó por ser una de las mejores añadas en la reciente historia de la DO Ribera del Duero.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
I tasted a bottle of the 2009 Único blind and was taken by the freshness, the red fruit notes and the Burgundian-like characteristics of this vintage, which on paper was quite warm and dry. I also tasted the 2009 Valbuena, which is always more approachable, and was blown away by its aromatics. With time in the glass the Único opened up and got closer to the character of Valbuena but with more depth and clout, while showing extremely elegant. I tasted it again in the context of all the wines from the group, and it delivered all that I saw when I tasted it blind. It takes some time to unfurl its aromatic palette, and it feels young and somewhat undeveloped, younger than it is. It has a touch that made me think of the old vintages of Único on the nose but with very polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel that provides elegance. This is a wine that ages for no less than ten years before it's released. 2009 seems like a great vintage for Vega Sicilia, much better than what I anticipated. It should develop nicely in bottle. 74,274 bottles, 3,390 magnums, 209 double magnums and 22 imperials were produced. It has been in bottle since June 2015.
Blended with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon in 2009, this Tempranillo-based cuvée lives up to its lofty reputation. Combining French and American wood, it’s sweet, balsamic and intense with fine tannins, well-married oak and a core of fine, sweetly mature fruit. 2018-30
The elevage is complex, building from smaller barrels to larger barrels over a period of six years, finishing in larger vats. Then four years in bottle. Non-sequential releasing with the 2005 and 2006 being released after the 2007 and 2008. This 2009 has good ripeness and deep fruit-presence on the nose with rich red and dark plums, subtly earthy spice, cedar and fresh tobacco. There’s terrific concentration on the palate and very ripe dark-plum, blueberry and cherry flavors. The tannins are fresh, very long and carry flavors deep. Natural freshness and effortless power, too — a hallmark of Unico! Very open-knit and approachable now, this will age for two decades easily, and then some more.
The great eternal Unico, with a touch of extra fruitiness and spiciness. Made after very long ageing in different oak vats and barrels, from selected plots (including 6% Cabernet Sauvignon) within Vega Sicilia’s estate, in the (rightly named) Unico method (72 months’ oak). Probably too young now, it should ideally not be opened in the next 10 years. Spain’s flagship, and very difficult for me to taste without passion.