Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial NV 2016 Release  £325.00

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A red with no vintage, a tribute to tradition. For the winery, Unico Reserva Especial marks the continuation of a very old Spanish custom which balances out vintages. Traditionally in Spain, the rare wineries which had a bottling process made two types of wine from each harvest: one from the current crop and a second wine without a set vintage, which went by the name "reserva especial" (special reserve). A mélange of wines from the best harvests to produce the winery's most representative wine.

Unico Reserva Especial is the wine with most personality, not only boasting Unico's complexity, but also magnifying it through several vintages to offer an immense aromatic range and pure elegance, timelessly floating through the magic of a legend. Only the best Unico vintages can be used to produce Unico Reserva Especial, a marriage of vintages, virtues, experiences and feelings serving only to bring to life the deepest essence of a unique and unrepeatable style, the Vega Sicilia style.

Unico Reserva Especial 2016 is formed by the 1996, 1998 and 2002 vintages.

95 Points

The NV Único Reserva Especial 2016 Release is a blend of different harvests looking for a consistent style. In the case of the wine that will be sold in 2016, it's a blend of 1996, 1998 and 2002. The nose is complex, reminiscent of the regular Único, with some herbal undertones, plenty of spices and something earthy, starting to develop some more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with lively acidity (I think it blends three vintages that were above the average in acidity), but does not show the depth and elegance of the 2015 release. Even though they look for a consistent style through the different releases, there is no doubt that the vintages that compose the blend have some effect and the different bottlings show quite differently. I've been wanting to do a vertical (?) of Reserva Especial, as it's a wine that is not very well known and I think deserves more attention. Some 18,000 bottles of the blend to be released in 2016 were produced..

Reviewed by Luiz Gutierrez

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