Here is a true legend in the making: the 2004 Vega Sicilia Unico.
Vega Sicilia is the oldest and most famous wine of Ribera del Duero – and perhaps even all of Spain. The Unico is the reference wine of Vega Sicilia. This 2004 vintage is on par to be the best Ribera del Duero vintage since 1994, and may even trump that esteemed year to be the best since Ribera del Duero achieved “Denominacion de Origen” status in 1982.
The Unico has always been the benchmark for Ribera del Duero, and the excitement over the 2004 has only been enhanced by the fact that Vega Sicilia did not release a 2001 Unico. The potential of this 2004 vintage as a collectable wine and as a great addition for your cellar cannot be underestimated.
The 2004 Unico was recently released after 15 months in wooden vats following fermentation, followed by a further 17 months in new oak barrels and then 26 months in large wooden vats. After all of that, it rested in the estate’s cellars in bottle until release. When Vega Sicilia Unico is released it’s possible to assess the wine clearly since, although still young, it is fully formed after such extensive aging.
The 2004 is approximately 87% Tinto Fino and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon from the oldest vines on the Vega Sicilia estate.
97 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
Pablo Alvarez described 2004 as a textbook vintage with perfect temperatures and rain just when it was needed. The 2004 has a haunting bouquet of dark brambly black fruit, cassis, honey, a tang of marmalade and bacon fat. It already boasts an intense, burly bouquet that will require years to soften. The palate is full-bodied with succulent, ripe, intense black cherries, white pepper, minerals and liquorice and it fans out beautifully towards the finish with tar-tinged black fruit interlaced with black pepper. This is a multi-dimensional Unico, more masculine and grander than the 2005, perhaps the sibling of the 1994?