Vega-Sicilia 2011 Unico Ribera del Duero

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Winery's Notes
"Of the almost 1,000 hectares that make up the Vega Sicilia estate, 210 are allocated to the cultivation of vines, with nineteen different types of soil and fifty-five plots with very specific features. In the extraordinary management of these soils, the influence of the course of the Douro River and the passage of time have been crucial.

Forty of these hectares are used to produce Unico, which is aged for a minimum of ten years between barrel and bottle, one of the longest ageing processes in the world. We use French and American oak in new and used 225-litre barrels and 22,000-litre vats. A long and complex construction of the wines, but at the same time simply marvellous, in which they gain a myriad of nuances, precise texture and wonderful depth over time. Thanks to this incredible terroir and unique ageing process, our wines become eternal when they age.

2011 is a concentrated vintage yet, elegant, silky, precise and deep. Unico is an expression that can be savoured immediately, although over time it will become truly incredible. It is, without a shadow of doubt, a true delight."

Varietal Compositon: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Ribera Del Duero DO
Aging: minimum of 10 years, French oak, American oak, and bottle
Vine age: 35 years
Bottled: June 2017

95 Points - Wine Spectator
"This concentrated, harmonious red packs in a lot of flavor, with plum, mountain herb, leather and spice notes woven together with cedar and vivid mineral elements tracing along the finish. The tannins are nicely integrated, with good balance and finesse overall. Tinto Fino and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2031. 8,350 cases made, 128 cases imported." -GS, 10/31/2021

94 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2011 Único ended up among my least favorite vintages of recent times, at least the magnum I tasted and in comparison with the 2013 and 2009 and even the 2007 (a very challenging vintage that showed better). Despite the warm year (which they have always said they found cooler than 2010), the wine is "only" 14% alcohol, which is quite moderate for the last few years when the wines routinely reach 14.5%. I found the wine to be quite tannic and lacking the charm I expect in this cuvée. Perhaps with more time? The grapes were picked relatively early, between September 15th and 28th. 3,505 magnums were filled in June 2017." -LG, 1/31/2023


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