You may have seen the new release from Spanish icons Vega Sicilia and their outstanding 2014 Unico. Always a wine which sells out on release, the 2014 matches last years 98 points from James Suckling and also gets a huge 98 points from Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate who says that “It has to be one of the finest vintages of recent times”. That puts it as joint-second highest scoring in WA history, behind just three vintages (1970, 1968 and 1962) and in line with just three others – 2004, 1996 and 1981.
Unico is undoubtedly one of the worlds greatest wines and has a near limitless ability to age. I’ve enjoyed bottles from the 1950’s which were so fresh, you’d think they were more like 30 years old, never mind 70! So whilst this latest release has spent a whopping 10 years aging at Vega Sicilia’s cellars already, it is just a baby. By the time this reaches full maturity, it is likely going to be very difficult to track down, not to mention more expensive, so it is always worth snapping up on release.
Also released, the brilliant Valbuena No. 5 and Alión from the 2019 and 2020 vintages respectively. Neither should be overlooked, both sporting 95 points from Gutierrez, all three wines are in the upper echelons of the finest coming out of this storied estate with only a handful of previous vintages bettering all three efforts on show here. This is clearly a year to stock up on with each wine offering peak drinking at differing times from Alión through to the Unico itself being virtually immortal, it would appear!