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Now Available The 97-Point, 2005 Vega Sicilia "Unico" - 11/24/2017 - Spain

It’s time to celebrate as the much anticipated 2005 vintage of Spain’s highly coveted Vega Sicilia Unico is finally available. A vintage that was filled with such power and potency that it had to be aged for twelve years (a full seven years above the norm), the 2005 Unico is undeniably a very, very special wine. Even a quick scan of the reviews below will reveal just how gobsmacked the critics were by this colossal effort. Crafted in a style the harkens to the ancient vintages, it strides the line between raw, unadulterated power and beguiling elegance. Earning scores that place it among the best ever from this historic estate it is sure to be a favorite among collectors. As with all vintages of Unico, this 2005 has the potential to age for 30 years or more, gaining in depth and nuance with each passing season. Our allocation is very limited, so don’t wait too long to secure your bottles. Also, now is the time to lock-in market best pricing, as once this beauty hits the shelves, prices will most assuredly climb.

2005 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero (Pre-Arrival) ($299.99)

97 points Vinous: "Fermented in large oak tanks and aged for six years in new French and American oak barriques. Saturated ruby. Explosively perfumed aromas of fresh ripe red fruits, floral oils, pipe tobacco and incense take on sexy vanilla and woodsmoke nuances as the wine opens up. Densely packed yet shockingly lithe on the palate, offering intense cherry liqueur, red currant and spicecake flavors given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Shows superb energy and clarity, finishing sweet, smoky and extremely long; velvety tannins add gentle grip. (JR)" (05/2017)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "The concentration of this vintage was so great that Vega Sicilia held the bottles back an extra couple of years; now, that patience has been rewarded with a beautiful, enchanting complexity of aromas and flavors that encompass earth, spice, roses, black fruits and minerals. It still feels tense and energetic, a lively, radiant Unico that will continue to develop for at least a decade in bottleeven though now, sitting in front of a half-empty glass, it is difficult to imagine how it can be better. It can." (06/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mostly Tempranillo with some 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats and aged for almost six years in 225-liter French and American oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats. The extra time in bottle has helped the wine to develop its bouquet, and it feels very aromatic and open, with the classical Vega Sicilia perfume of yesteryear, earthy, leafy and spicy, even if they wine was kept because of its power. It's still powerful, but at the same time it's elegant and has a polished mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins. It was bottled in June 2011. (LG)" (02/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This polished red offers flavors of tobacco, cedar and leather, with a core of cherry and tea. Firm tannins support the thick, smooth texture, while lively acidity keeps this balanced. Harmonious and long. Drink now through 2028. (TM)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: The original first growth of Spain, Vega Sicilia was once again in excellent form in the strong 2005 Ribera del Duero vintage. In fact, the winery believed that the wine required additional time in bottle and so it released the 2007 and 2008 vintages ahead of the powerful 2005. A modern day classic, perhaps even something of a throwback, the 2005 Vega Sicilia promises a terrific and long life in bottle.

2005 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero 3-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) ($900.00)

97 points Vinous: "Fermented in large oak tanks and aged for six years in new French and American oak barriques. Saturated ruby. Explosively perfumed aromas of fresh ripe red fruits, floral oils, pipe tobacco and incense take on sexy vanilla and woodsmoke nuances as the wine opens up. Densely packed yet shockingly lithe on the palate, offering intense cherry liqueur, red currant and spicecake flavors given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Shows superb energy and clarity, finishing sweet, smoky and extremely long; velvety tannins add gentle grip. (JR)"

96 points Wine & Spirits: "The concentration of this vintage was so great that Vega Sicilia held the bottles back an extra couple of years; now, that patience has been rewarded with a beautiful, enchanting complexity of aromas and flavors that encompass earth, spice, roses, black fruits and minerals. It still feels tense and energetic, a lively, radiant Unico that will continue to develop for at least a decade in bottleeven though now, sitting in front of a half-empty glass, it is difficult to imagine how it can be better. It can." (06/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mostly Tempranillo with some 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats and aged for almost six years in 225-liter French and American oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats. The extra time in bottle has helped the wine to develop its bouquet, and it feels very aromatic and open, with the classical Vega Sicilia perfume of yesteryear, earthy, leafy and spicy, even if they wine was kept because of its power. It's still powerful, but at the same time it's elegant and has a polished mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins. It was bottled in June 2011. (LG)" (02/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This polished red offers flavors of tobacco, cedar and leather, with a core of cherry and tea. Firm tannins support the thick, smooth texture, while lively acidity keeps this balanced. Harmonious and long. Drink now through 2028. (TM)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: The original first growth of Spain, Vega Sicilia was once again in excellent form in the strong 2005 Ribera del Duero vintage. In fact, the winery believed that the wine required additional time in bottle and so it released the 2007 and 2008 vintages ahead of the powerful 2005. A modern day classic, perhaps even something of a throwback, the 2005 Vega Sicilia promises a terrific and long life in bottle. PLEASE NOTE: This product is 3 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 3-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.