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2013 Vega Sicilia Valbuena Ribera Del DueroBlend from Spain

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"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 ...

  • 94 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"I was very happy to see all three wines from Vega Sicilia showing a quite classical and consistent personality, following the character of each vintage. Cropped from an unusually cold and rainy vintage in which they will not bottle Único, the 2013 Valbuena is always released in its fifth year. It's mostly Tempranillo with 5% Merlot that was put through a three- to four-day cold soak in the oak vats where it fermented with indigenous yeasts and was pumped over. It matured in new and used 225-liter French and American oak barriques and also in 20,000-liter oak vats, where the larger vessels respect the fruit, especially in a more fragile vintage like 2013. It's a very elegant and fresh Valbuena with a developed nose, quite classical with a fine texture, elegant tannins and a supple, long finish where the oak is still quite obvious. I liked it very much and consider it a triumph over the challenges of the year. 150,650 bottles and some larger formats were produced. It was bottled in June 2015."

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"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. Thanks to the extraordinary job in the vineyard and an incremental, second year of aging in tank, today's Valbuena 5 is vibrant and rich!

The Valbuena Tempranillo is obtained from plots located on gentle concave slopes. 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." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 105564
Country Spain
Region Castille and Leon
Sub-Region Ribera del Duero
Ratings

94 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2013
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Merlot
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast and tar
Nose berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather