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  • Country ranking ?

    124
  • Producer ranking ?

    41
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • 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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Vintage 2018

SPAIN VINTAGE REPORT 2018

 Wines from Spain has released its 2018 vintage report detailing the performance of each region, with most reporting a return to average yields following a challenging 2017 harvest, which saw widespread drought and heatwaves impact production.

“After several dry, hot vintages this year the rain came to Spain and in some regions the rainy spell lasted until early summer,” the report said. ” It was also a much cooler year with more gradual vine development and one where intense work in the vineyard was often necessary to keep yields in check and vineyard diseases at bay.

“The harvest began later and, with the benefit of fine weather in most of the country, picking took place steadily and well into the autumn. Yields were far more generous than last year and this should leave Spain in a strong competitive position.”

In brief:

– Weather: a cooler year with far more rain; fine harvest weather for most regions.

– Regional highlights: a far better year for Ribera del Duero, Bierzo, most areas of Castilla y
Leén and Valdeorras. Record crops for Campo de Borja and Monterrei and more
generous for Rioja and Carifiena.

– Wine character: fresher wines with moderate alcohol levels and strong varietal character.

Wine of Spain estimates a harvest yield of 48 million hl (source: OEMV), compared with the 36-38 million hl that was reported in 2017.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Clear

ending

Long, Lingering and Flavorful

flavors

Floral, Cassis, Perfumed, Spice, Pepper and Vanilla

nose

Intense, Complex, Ripe and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Youthful, Full-bodied, Elegant, Harmonious, Vivid, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Fine and Impressive

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle and in an perfect condition. Colour is cherry red, and looking clear and full. On the nose it is intense, complex and seductive. The taste is round, fresh, elegant, and dry, warming, with medium tannin, with silky tannins, and high in acidity, medium-bodied, with perfectly balanced structure and developing. On the palate it is layered and has floral, new-oak, pepper, earthy, vanilla, balsamic and toasty flavours. The finish is long and lingering. This wine is impressive. I paid around 100-200€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years, decant at least 45min before tasting and this is a good invest wine. Good value for money. I do recommend.

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Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is youthful, intense, complex, refined and ripe. The taste is elegant,voluptuous,robust, refined, with silky tannins, drying tannins, and average in acidity, full-bodied, with balanced, well-structured, concentrated, well-integrated structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has perfumed, cassis, floral and spice flavours. The finish is long, lingering, flavorful and vibrant. This wine is fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
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Origin

Valbuena, Ribera el Duero

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