Red Wine Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2014
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A legendary Spanish red wine from Ribera del Duero, Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha is arguably one of the best expressions of the Tempranillo - aka Tinto Fino - grape. As usual, the Tempranillo is nuanced by a touch of Merlot. Both come from vineyards around 40 years of age.
Unlike its older brother Vega Sicília Único, Valbuena 5th year was vinified in stainless steel tanks, where it also completed malolactic fermentation. Thereon, Valbuena began a meticulous ageing proces.
First, it was aged for 5 months in huge, 20,000-litre oak vats. After that, it was transferred into new and used French and American oak barrels, built in the winery's own cooperage, and aged for 12 months. Then, it spent 3 months in used barrels, and a further 16 months in big wooden vats.
Finally, this red wine from Ribera del Duero was aged for 2 years in the bottle before its commercial release. The whole winemaking process took place in the stunning, state-of-the art facilities which Bodegas Vega Sicilia inaugurated in 2010.
A wine from an excellent vintage, Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2014 has a very long life ahead.
However, be sure to decant the wine about 2 hours before you drink it.
The red wine Valbuena 5º Año has a nice, elegant maroon colour with some violet tinges.
A real elegance and an engaging complexity define the nose of this Tempranillo or Tinta Fina. Loads of ripe red fruit, punctuated by notes of blackcurrants and blackberries, both delicately combined with evocative remembranes of a Persian bazaar, hints of Moroccan leather, and remembrances of Havanna cigars, ginger, bitter chocolate, undergrowth, black truffles, flowers and charcoal. This Reserva from Ribera del Duero has an astounding aromatic profile.
A wine with poise, grace and depth. Valbuena from Vega Sicilia has a lush texture and an excellent balance, where fruit, mineral, spices, and also the ineffable mark of terroir coexist in perfect harmony. This is what happens when a world-class wine region is respectfully interpreted by a team of winemakers at the top of their craft. This Tinto Fino has a spectacular acidity, bold tannins and a memorable finish.
|Our personal opinion||A world-class wine in the making, Valbuena 5ºAño Cosecha 2014 will improve in the bottle for many years.|
Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2013:
Enterwine 94. Parker 94. Peñín 94.
Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2012:
Enterwine 94. Parker 95. Peñín 96.
Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2011:
Parker 94. Peñín 96. Enterwine 95.
Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2010:
Parker 96. Peñín 98.
Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2009:
Parker 94. Peñín 95.
|D.O.||Ribera del Duero|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Two hours before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||36|
|Other guides||J. Suckling 96. T. Atkin 96. Decanter 94.|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 95%, Merlot 5%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|