Spanish wines play a relatively minor role in the contemporary commercial auction market. Over the past five years, the category has accounted for less than 1 percent of bottles sold at U.S. auctions. Within that group, however, one wine dominates: Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico Gran Reserva. In the first half of this year, 657 bottles of Unico were sold, representing 47 percent of all Spanish wines sold at auction. And its market share has only increased over the past five years, rising from 13 percent in the second half of 2004.
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