Vega Sicilia Único 2010
Único es la gran referencia de Vega Sicilia. Un tinto de 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 tiempo de crianza del mundo. Su estilo se rige por tres constantes inmutables: elegancia, firmeza y capacidad de envejecimiento. Fruto de una de las mejores cosechas de los últimos años en Ribera del Duero, según el Consejo Regulador de la D.O., la añada 2010 alcanza la perfección. Potencia, concentración y amplitud en un vino que gana matices si le permites abrirse el tiempo necesario. Un tinto soberbio para disfrutar a largo plazo.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
Perfection is as rare in wine as it is in most things in life, but this is a stunning Único, reflecting the quality of one of the greatest vintages of the last century. Blended with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, as it was in 2009, it's still a very youthful wine right now, with closeknit tannins, thrilling acidity, layers of spices, fresh earth, tobacco, red and black fruits, some oak sweetness and a wonderfully refreshing, leafy undertone. Simply stunning. 2025-50
This is still very tight and closed with so much depth and beauty. The linear line to this is very vertical and draws you down. It shows intense blackberry, dark-chocolate, hazelnut and walnut character. Full body. Chewy yet extremely polished. Precise. Shows decadence. So drinkable already, but better in 2022.
Unico is Tinto Fino, with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, in contrast to Valbuena No.5, which has a small dash of Merlot. It opens with alluring aromas of dark plums, spice and oak. As expected, it's powerful, intense and very long, but within that you can note the very fine tannins, the result of the assiduous attention to ageing in different types and sizes of vats over the years. There's an element of tobacco smoke, of black fruits, of the dark plums promised in the aromas, the whole beautifully integrated. A vintage and a wine that's hard to better. This has 25 to 30 years ahead of it, but you could also enjoy it within a few years - that's the essence of Vega Sicilia, its interplay of youth and ageability. Drinking Window 2025 - 2050
I was surprised by the aromatics of the 2010 Único, cropped from a powerful and concentrated year that delivered this blend of 94% Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo) and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 14.5% alcohol and a highish pH of 3.87. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in a combination of French and American oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats and aged for almost six years. It feels quite ripe and somehow old style, dominated by ripe black fruit, with a rustic and earthy touch. It has an ample palate, concentrated and powerful, with some earthy tannins. 85,185 bottles, 3,362 magnums, 228 double magnums and 36 Imperials were produced. It was bottled in June 2016.