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  • Country ranking ?

    56
  • Producer ranking ?

    20
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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The Story

Valbuena, is the purest expression of the Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) in Vega Sicilia. Tinto Fino is clearly the predominant wine in the assemblage of the varieties that make up this magnificent wine. The other variety used is Merlot, which is added to a greater or lesser extent depending on the vintage.

The Valbuena Tempranillo is obtained from plots located on gentle concave slopes that descend from the wasteland. Those soils are made up of material that was eroded and accumulated as colluvial on the lower slopes, developing a high profile soil, with a specific important evolution with the formation of a deep calcic horizon. Valbuena provides us with a direct and understandable view of the greatness of this "terroir” with the direct influence of each vintage. Its production remains unchanged meaning that it is each year's weather factors that mark the differences between the different harvests.

Fermentation at a controlled temperature with native yeast in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in stainless steel. After fermentation, it is aged for five years, between wood and in the bottle, which is why it is called Valbuena 5º. French and American wood, new and used 225-litre barrels, 20,000 litre vats, a long and complex process for a great wine.

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The 2016 Valbuena was produced with a blend of 94% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 6% Merlot from 140 hectares dedicated to this wine. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the first year it matured in barrels (75% French, 25% American) and the second year in large oak vats. This is again a floral and elegant vintage of Valbuena, very much in line with what has happened in the best vintages since 2010. 2016 is going to be a wine that the public is going to like; it has an extroverted personality and is perfumed and generous, juicy and tasty and nicely textured, with fine-grained tannins and very focused and clean flavors. 2016 was a year of very good freshness in Ribera del Duero, a year they like even better than 2018. 182,882 bottles, 6,030 magnums and a few larger formats were produced. It was bottled in June 2019.

Vega Sicilia is also increasing their capacity to age wines in 40,000-liter oak vats to decrease the impact of the oak in the wines. Their 210 hectares of vineyards produce more than enough grapes to produce between 250,000 and 300,000 bottles.

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New vintage of this classic and iconic wine within the Tempos Vega Sicilia group, Valbuena 5º Año 2016. Made in Ribera del Duero as Tempranillo (Tinto Fino) in the majority, accompanied by some Merlot that varies depending on the vintage.

Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5º Año is made with grapes from plots located on gently sloping hillsides with highly expressive soils composed of calcareous material at depth.

A wine whose name indicates the aging it has, as it is made in French and American 225-liter barrels and 8,500-liter vats over 30 months, then arriving in the bottle rack to be refined until it is 5 years old.

As in the previous vintages (2014 and 2015) that we have been able to taste, it is a truly exceptional wine.

In tasting it is a wine that in sight leaves us in glass stop a burgundy red color with certain cardinal edges in the movement in the glass.

The nose leaves us with powerful aromas of ripe fruit, incredibly fresh for its long aging, where currants, blueberries... combined with aromas of very fine oak. The wood does not overlap the fruit at any time. Balsamic touches typical of the Vega Sicilia terroir.

The palate has a characterful entry, giving way to fruit and oak hand in hand, in a silky passage, with great volume on the palate that envelops the entire palate. The aging leaves hints of vanilla, cassis, light toast. Very subtle, elegant. Good acidity that gives it great persistence and a great capacity for cellaring. Long finish.

A wine that after its tasting deserves the qualification of Exceptional.

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Valbuena, Ribera el Duero

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