Based on 34 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 98 points Wine Advocate "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 Unico on the nose but with very polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel that provides elegance. (LG)" 98 points Vinous "Inky ruby. An assertively perfumed, highly complex bouquet displays powerful, mineral-accented dark berry preserve, exotic spice, vanilla, potpourri and incense aromas, along with suggestions of cola and mocha. Broad, focused and deeply concentrated, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that show remarkable clarity and are given spine and lift by a core of juicy acidity. The spice, mineral and floral notes resonate emphatically on the strikingly long, sweet finish, which features harmonious tannins and building, resonating dark berry character. (JR)"
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About Bodegas Vega-Sicilia
The vineyard practices meticulous green harvesting, grape selection, and yield control to ensure the caliber of their harvest. Predominantly planted with Tempranillo, the vineyard also boasts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a slight presence of Malbec. This careful cultivation and diversity of grapes set the stage for Vega-Sicilia's iconic range of wines.
The flagship, Unico, embodies the essence of Vega-Sicilia's craft, composed mainly of Tempranillo and select Bordeaux varietals and only produced in top vintages. Unico Reserva Especial, an intriguing blend of multiple exceptional Unico vintages, exhibits an unmatched complexity from a decade to three decades of aging. Valbuena 5°, crafted from younger vines, brings Vega-Sicilia's exceptional quality at a more accessible price point.
Vega-Sicilia's rigorous winery operations involve a nuanced system of rackings between large barrels and barriques, blending old and new oak. This sophisticated process cultivates wines with notable longevity.
Beyond their home estate, Vega-Sicilia owns additional wineries, including Bodegas Alión, Bodegas Pintia, the Deiva winery in Rías Baixas, and the Tokaj estate, Oremus. Their influence extends further into a joint venture with Compagnie Viticole Baron Edmond de Rothschild, resulting in the creation of Macán, a Rioja estate known for its gravity-fed winery.
Situated in Valbuena de Duero, Bodegas Vega-Sicilia continues to uphold its distinctive winemaking legacy, bringing forth wines that both embody and elevate Spanish viticulture.