Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5º


Valbuena is bottled earlier than Vega Sicilia's famous Unico cuvée, and has improved remarkably since the opening of the new winery. The wonderful 2012, made from tempranillo, has gorgeous red-and-black fruit flavour with a fine, plump texture and grainy tannins. It is generous enough to drink now but has the structure to last until 2025.

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WineVega Sicilia Valbuena 5º
WineryVega Sicilia
RegionRibera del Duero
Robert Parker95
James Suckling94
Wine Enthusiast94
Grape VarietalTempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol14º. We recommend decanting before consumption.
BodyFull Bodied.
SightIntense, clean and bright ruby red colour.
NoseIntense and complex nose full of nuances.
TasteAn expressive, complex and balanced red wine with a very good structure. Long and very pleasant. A round wine from Ribera del Duero.
PairingServe at 16ºC. Stew, Roasted lamb, Vegetables, Soups, Small game, Large game, Game stew, Stews, Deer, Alone
Bottle Size750 ml

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The 2012 Valbuena was cropped from a vintage with a very dry and warm summer that resulted in very healthy grapes. Since the 2010 vintage, this wine is fermented plot by plot following the findings from a soils study they did. The élevage is in French and American oak barrels that on average lasts some 18 months followed by another 18 months in 20,000-liter oak vats, but of course some lots had more time in barrique and others more time in vat. It has ripe tannins and a powerful mouthfeel but with a soft texture. Even if it's not widely mentioned, it always has had some French grapes, mainly Merlot, but this 2012 is the first Valbuena ever to be really 100% Tempranillo—because the Merlot didn't behave well in this warm and dry year. It follows the path opened by the 2010, more precise and elegant, rounded by that extra time in larger vats to finish polishing the tannins. I find this 2012 halfway between 2010 and 2011. It has depth and elegance, more serious than Alión, which is always the (maybe unfair) comparison. 174,545 bottles and some larger formats were filled in April 2014.

"Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"

The depth and intensity to this wine is focused and rich with so much chocolate, coffee and hazelnut character. It is full bodied and very polished with juicy tannins. Light, angular edge.

"James Suckling"

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