Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial NV 2018 Release  £375.00

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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 2018 is formed by the 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages.

95 Points

This wine was re-tasted prior to this report with similar descriptors to my previous tasting for a report I published earlier this year and the score was the same. A non-vintage blend of three different years and released in 2018, the NV Único Reserva Especial 2018 Release is composed of a blend of 58 barrels from the vintages 2005, 2006 and 2007, younger vintages than the Reserva Especial bottlings from yesteryear. It feels young and not that far away from the current vintage of Único, 2006, which is released at the same time as this. It's mostly Tempranillo with some Cabernet Sauvignon, where the aim is to keep a constant character across the different releases. It has a classical profile, with polished tannins and nice subtlety. Comparing it with the 2006 Único, it doesn't seem to have the same elegance, depth and complexity. 17,200 bottles and 216 magnums were filled in June 2014.

Reviewed by Luiz Gutierrez

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