Vega Sicilia Único Reserva Especial 2020 Release ('08, '09, '10) NV

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain
WA 98
DE 98
TA 98
PG 98
V 97
JS 97
14.5% ABV PRE-ARRIVAL
Item # 340619

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750ml
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98 points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): "To be released in 2020, the NV Único Reserva Especial 2020 Release is a non-vintage blend of 59 barrels from 2008, 2009 and 2010, mostly Tempranillo with some Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been getting closer to the style of the Único, and the blend is from vintages very close to the current release of Único, but somehow this year I think the blend has added some complexity to the bottled wine, which has the heart and soul of the 2010 vintage. In fact, they told me they are keeping more wine to have some older vintages to blend for this Reserva Especial, because in the last few years, the wine has been a little too young for the style that it used to have in the past. This has finesse and some of the Burgundian style of the blends of yesteryear. 17,071 bottles and 214 magnums produced. It was bottled in June 2016. Drink: 2020-2030. (Dec 2019)"

98 points Sarah Jane Evans, MW Decanter: "The Reserva Especial is Vega Sicilia's unique version of a traditional Spanish classic, the blend of three vintages. The 2020 release is composed of 2008, 2009 and 2010. The result is a delightfully sumptuous wine, with a glorious supple texture, dense fruit and sweet spices Despite the intensity it has Vega Sicilia's keynote brightness, emphasising its youth. The most approachable of Vega Sicilia's top wines, enjoy it now or for another 15 years. Drinking Window: 2020-2025. (Nov 2019)"

98 points Tim Atkin, MW: "(14.5%). A wine that takes ten years to make in the words of Gonzalo Iturriaga, this non-vintage cuvée is a blend of 2008, 2009 and 2010, which combines Tempranillo with 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Like the regular Único release, it has the structure, acidity and concentration to last, with sweet spices, notes of dill and tobacco, more evident American oak and some understated freshness, backbone and minerality. 2023-40. (2019)"

98 points and 'Podium Award,' Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine: "(tinto fino, cabernet sauvignon). Colour: deep cherry, garnet rim. Nose: elegant, fine reductive notes, ripe fruit, aged wood nuances, spicy. Palate: balanced, complex, long, fine tannins, fine bitter notes. (2020)"

97 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): "[$760 list] Deep, glistening ruby-red. Highly perfumed, expansive aromas of crème de cassis, cherry preserves, vanilla, exotic spices and cured tobacco are complemented by suggestions of licorice, cigar box and espresso. Broad, dense and energetic on the palate, offering intense red and dark fruit, floral pastille, succulent herb and floral pastille flavors that show alluring sweetness and sharp focus. Finishes extremely long and smooth, with sneaky, harmonious tannins and lingering suggestions of candied rose, exotic spices and licorice. This is the 2020 release of this multi-vintage bottling. Drink: 2025-2039. (Feb 2021)"

97 points James Suckling: "Love the complexity and intensity on the nose with cedar, tobacco, dried red pepper and dark fruit. Full body. Dense and very layered with chocolate-milk, vanilla and spice undertones to the ripe fruit. Goes on for minutes. A rich and decadent wine. A blend of 2008, 2009 and 2010. Drink now, but even better in 2022 and onwards. (9/22/20)"
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98 points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): "To be released in 2020, the NV Único Reserva Especial 2020 Release is a non-vintage blend of 59 barrels from 2008, 2009 and 2010, mostly Tempranillo with some Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been getting closer to the style of the Único, and the blend is from vintages very close to the current release of Único, but somehow this year I think the blend has added some complexity to the bottled wine, which has the heart and soul of the 2010 vintage. In fact, they told me they are keeping more wine to have some older vintages to blend for this Reserva Especial, because in the last few years, the wine has been a little too young for the style that it used to have in the past. This has finesse and some of the Burgundian style of the blends of yesteryear. 17,071 bottles and 214 magnums produced. It was bottled in June 2016. Drink: 2020-2030. (Dec 2019)"

98 points Sarah Jane Evans, MW Decanter: "The Reserva Especial is Vega Sicilia's unique version of a traditional Spanish classic, the blend of three vintages. The 2020 release is composed of 2008, 2009 and 2010. The result is a delightfully sumptuous wine, with a glorious supple texture, dense fruit and sweet spices Despite the intensity it has Vega Sicilia's keynote brightness, emphasising its youth. The most approachable of Vega Sicilia's top wines, enjoy it now or for another 15 years. Drinking Window: 2020-2025. (Nov 2019)"

98 points Tim Atkin, MW: "(14.5%). A wine that takes ten years to make in the words of Gonzalo Iturriaga, this non-vintage cuvée is a blend of 2008, 2009 and 2010, which combines Tempranillo with 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Like the regular Único release, it has the structure, acidity and concentration to last, with sweet spices, notes of dill and tobacco, more evident American oak and some understated freshness, backbone and minerality. 2023-40. (2019)"

98 points and 'Podium Award,' Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine: "(tinto fino, cabernet sauvignon). Colour: deep cherry, garnet rim. Nose: elegant, fine reductive notes, ripe fruit, aged wood nuances, spicy. Palate: balanced, complex, long, fine tannins, fine bitter notes. (2020)"

97 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): "[$760 list] Deep, glistening ruby-red. Highly perfumed, expansive aromas of crème de cassis, cherry preserves, vanilla, exotic spices and cured tobacco are complemented by suggestions of licorice, cigar box and espresso. Broad, dense and energetic on the palate, offering intense red and dark fruit, floral pastille, succulent herb and floral pastille flavors that show alluring sweetness and sharp focus. Finishes extremely long and smooth, with sneaky, harmonious tannins and lingering suggestions of candied rose, exotic spices and licorice. This is the 2020 release of this multi-vintage bottling. Drink: 2025-2039. (Feb 2021)"

97 points James Suckling: "Love the complexity and intensity on the nose with cedar, tobacco, dried red pepper and dark fruit. Full body. Dense and very layered with chocolate-milk, vanilla and spice undertones to the ripe fruit. Goes on for minutes. A rich and decadent wine. A blend of 2008, 2009 and 2010. Drink now, but even better in 2022 and onwards. (9/22/20)"
Product SKU 340619
Producer Vega Sicilia
Country Spain
Region Ribera del Duero
Varietal Tempranillo/Tinto Fino
Designation Reserva
Vintage NV
Size 750ml
Color Red
Blend Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV 14.5%
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