Vega Sicilia Unico 2002
*95 pts Wine Advocate (Aug 2012):*
Having skipped over releasing a 2001 due to frost damage, the 2002 Unico is a result of a severe selection as attested by the
label which shows that just 42,932 bottles were produced instead of 108,536 in 2000. It has an incredibly intense nose, much more linear and focused than the more flamboyant 2000, with scents of dark cherry, creme de cassis and a touch of honey and melted dark chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied with a slight grainy texture on the entry, a hint of cooked meat inflecting the layers of
toasty dark berry fruit. It is very harmonious and perhaps at this juncture, edgier and grittier than the millennial Unico. It is less opulent and more structured than the 2000, but is a more cerebral wine.
*18+/20 pts Jancis Robinson*
20% of Cabernet and those unknown grapes spice the Tempranillo this year. Tasted straight after the Valbuena of the
same vintage this nose was immediately much more compelling Taut, exciting, multi-faceted, the wine seemed quite different from older vintages - maybe simply because I have never tasted older
vintages at this early stage - but I couldn't help but see the resemblance to the smooth richness of Pomerol. Compared with the Toro wine though, this has much more savouriness.