2012 Único, Vega-Sicilia, Ribera del Duero

2012 Único, Vega-Sicilia, Ribera del Duero

Strictly limited to 3 bottles per customer

Concentrated and rich with ripe black fruit and spice. There’s an iron-rich mineral complexity. Bold and full with ripe tannins and a spicy, vanilla touch.

Critic score
96/100 info
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£350.68
Case, 3 Bottles - 75cl
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£1,052.04

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Spain
  • Grape
    95% Tempranillo/Aragonez/Tinta Roriz
    5% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Maturity
    Young 2023 - 2040info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14.5%

Tasting notes

The 2012 Único is released 10 years after the harvest. They produced it with the grapes from 40 of the 210 hectares of vineyards they have, with a total of 55 separate plots and 19 different soils. It's mostly 95% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are cooled down for 24 hours and then fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. Malolactic fermentation was in stainless steel and the aging in 225-liter oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats for a long time as this was bottled in June 2018. 2012 is a concentrated year, warm and dry with some rain at the end of September that helped the end of the ripening process of healthy grapes with lots of color and ripe tannins. The wine has a ripe nose, with intoxicating notes of black fruit, fresh meat and blood, a spicy touch from the American oak and an earthy twist. It's a voluptuous and decadent vintage for Vega Sicilia, for those that favor years like 2006, a bit atypical, or 1999. The wine finished with 14.5% alcohol, a pH of 3.88 and 5.1 grams of acidity (tartaric). 88,188 bottles, 3,537 magnums, 328 double magnums, 55 imperials and five Salmanazar produced.

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (December 2021)
96/100

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