Unico 1986 Vega Sicilia
Spain's most consistently great winery continues to turn out exciting wines. There are four Unico Reservas currently in the market. The 1986 Unico Reserva tastes as if it were only 4-5 years old, evidence of just how youthful these wines tend to be. The color is an opaque plum/garnet. A harmonious wine, that appears to have much of its development ahead of it, there is good glycerin, full body, copious tannin, and a backward yet promising style. This wine is less accessible than the 1985, 1983, or the 1981, and may merit an even higher score.
Muscular but not overbearing, this big Spanish red marries ripe fruit and plenty of oak, with a nice mix of plum, chocolate, licorice and spice flavors backed by firm, well-integrated tannins. Harmonious and long on the finish, it's stylish yet with traditional character.
Rene Gabriel rates this wine 19/20 points.