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2019 Vega Sicilia Valbuena Ribera Del DueroBlend from Spain


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  • 97 James Suckling -
  • 95 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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Extremely perfumed with violets and a bouquet of flowers. Then there’s blue fruits such as blueberries and raspberries. Medium-bodied with beautifully crafted tannins that give a superb mouthfeel and finesse. Refinement with depth and focus. So wonderful to drink now but it will be even better in four or five years. Try in 2027

95 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The obsession in 2019 was to avoid excess ripeness and to keep the freshness, so they did a softer vinification, used larger vats for the élevage and used less American wood. The 2019 Valbuena was produced with a blend of Tinto Fino with 3% Merlot. It has 14.5% alcohol, a pH of 3.88 and 4.6 grams of acidity. I love the nose; it is perfumed and subtle. And the wine is beautifully textured; the tannins are very fine, silky even, quite different from the tannins from the other 2019s from the group that I tasted next to this, Macán and Pintia. A triumph over the conditions of the year, it's a more elegant Valbuena than I anticipated. 190,490 bottles, 5,581 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in June 2022.

Product Detail

Item # 139362
Country Spain
Region Castille and Leon
Sub-Region Ribera del Duero

97 - James Suckling -

95 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Merlot
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
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