Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia

Unico Ribera del Duero Tempranillo Blend

9.545 ratings
9.48 pro ratings
Ribera del Duero, Castilla y León, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.6

Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine.

My WOTN. This was a total monster, yielding and unyielding all night long. It continuously went on a rollercoaster of revealing Classic American oak type notes like dill and coconut, but then it would fade and show pure fleshy black cherries and juicy, spicy rhubarb. It was weighty without being dense. Great lift on the palate with peppercorn, cherry tobacco leaves and clove. Still just a baby. I called this mid 2000s Vega Sicilia but couldn’t pinpoint if it was the Tinto or Unico.

Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine.

My WOTN. This was a total monster, yielding and unyielding all night long. It continuously went on a rollercoaster of revealing Classic American oak type notes like dill and coconut, but then it would fade and show pure fleshy black cherries and juicy, spicy rhubarb. It was weighty without being dense. Great lift on the palate with peppercorn, cherry tobacco leaves and clove. Still just a baby. I called this mid 2000s Vega Sicilia but couldn’t pinpoint if it was the Tinto or Unico.

Oct 22nd, 2019
Chris McClellan

Incredible wine, still ripe prime fruit, but with earthy dirt and leather, acid and tannin were so well integrated and the oak treatment is just perfection. Medium plus in finish. Crazy, delicious complex wine with unctuous flavor and taste yet with old world appeal..Paired this with various cheeses and braised short ribs. Ill take more please!

Incredible wine, still ripe prime fruit, but with earthy dirt and leather, acid and tannin were so well integrated and the oak treatment is just perfection. Medium plus in finish. Crazy, delicious complex wine with unctuous flavor and taste yet with old world appeal..Paired this with various cheeses and braised short ribs. Ill take more please!

Jan 2nd, 2018
Brad Hemmer

Lively acidity, forest floor, leather.

Lively acidity, forest floor, leather.

1 person found it helpfulOct 25th, 2017
Ryan Mullins

La Presidenta

La Presidenta

Jun 6th, 2017
Ron Siegel

Rich, dense that is open & approachable showing dark fruits, licorice, vanilla spice, dried tea, herbs, smoke & tar.

Rich, dense that is open & approachable showing dark fruits, licorice, vanilla spice, dried tea, herbs, smoke & tar.

Feb 24th, 2020
Marvin Liu

NYE wine brought over by neighbor. Really nice wine, enjoyed very much.

NYE wine brought over by neighbor. Really nice wine, enjoyed very much.

Jan 3rd, 2020
Erica Harrop

Voluptuous velvety raspberry developing oak flavors. Perfect balance. Amazed, want another tonight.

Voluptuous velvety raspberry developing oak flavors. Perfect balance. Amazed, want another tonight.

Nov 9th, 2018
Stas Medvedev

🏅 Rating 95/100 (4,5🌟)

Double blind tasting

It was clear Bordeaux style, but one couldn't say which is the village. Greeny, elegant. Maybe off vintage?

What a surprise to see Unico which shows on par with top classified Bordeaux.

It has everything: breed, magnitude, depth. Clearly one of the best reds of Spain it should be proud of.

🏅 Rating 95/100 (4,5🌟)

Double blind tasting

It was clear Bordeaux style, but one couldn't say which is the village. Greeny, elegant. Maybe off vintage?

What a surprise to see Unico which shows on par with top classified Bordeaux.

It has everything: breed, magnitude, depth. Clearly one of the best reds of Spain it should be proud of.

Sep 22nd, 2018
John Van Trijp

Unico in the glass.....Kobe on the plate.....it doesn’t get much better than this....

Unico in the glass.....Kobe on the plate.....it doesn’t get much better than this....

Sep 16th, 2018
Charles Hudson

Well damn

Well damn

Jun 27th, 2018