The 1970 vintage of Vega Sicilia Único is one of the greatest to ever emerge from these cellars and I have been smitten by this wine since it was first released in the mid-1990s. The bouquet today is flat out beautiful, soaring from the glass in a very refined blend of black cherries, blood orange, gentle nuttiness, a lovely array of spices, raw cocoa, cigar wrapper, complex soil nuances and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and one of the most elegant vintages of Único ever produced, with a rock solid core of fruit, laser-like focus, fine-grained, melting tannins and impeccable balance on the very long, complex and stunning finish. A brilliant wine in every respect!
For many years, the 1970 Único was the greatest Spanish wine that I had ever tasted, and although this was not the same caliber as the previous perfect example, it remains a fabulous wine. It is a blend of 70% Tinto Fino, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot and Malbec and aged for ten years in barriques. It has a thrilling Bordeaux-like personality on the nose that is more aloof than other vintages. The Cabernet component in the blend is pronounced, forming the backbone and austerity of this wine. However, you cannot deny its power and its breeding, or indeed its obdurate, masculine finish that demands respect. This is a Único you have to look up to, perhaps the sister of Château Latour in this same year. (NM)
Layered and complex, this Unico is incredibly youthful given its age. Gorgeous, filled with savoury herbs and sweet oak flavours and a persistent finish. (JCL)
The 1970 is the most subtle of these Únicos, although I have tasted fresher examples. Delicate and perfumed throughout, the 1970 is laced with the essence of crushed flowers, tobacco, dried cherries and mint. (AG)
A silky, seamless package of pleasure. Surprisingly dark color, then mature aromas of spice and cherry, with an elegant, soft palate impression that holds coffee, raisin and cherry flavors. It's balanced and long, with a slightly volatile character. *Top 100 Wines of 1995*
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