Red Wine Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2016
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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 Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) variety . As usual, the Tempranillo is nuanced by a touch of Merlot. Both come from vineyards around 35 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 12 months in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels, built in the winery's own cooperage. Then, it was transferred into big wooden vats and aged for a couple of years.
Bottled in May 2019, Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2016 was aged for 2 years in the bottle before its commercial release. The whole 5-year process took place in the stunning, state-of-the art winemaking facilities which Bodegas Vega Sicilia inaugurated in 2010.
Be sure to decant this red wine from Ribera del Duero at least 2 hours before you drink it.
182,882 bottles and 6,030 magnums produced.
The red wine Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha is medium purple with a garnet rim.
A real elegance and an engaging complexity define the nose of this Tinto Fino nuanced by Merlot. Loads of ripe red fruit, with 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 red wine has an astounding aromatic profile.
This wine from Bodega Vega Sicilia has poise, a lush texture and an excellent balance, where fruit, minerality, spices, and also the mark of terroir coexist in 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. Exceptional acidity, bold tannins and a memorable finish.
|Our personal opinion||A world-class wine in the making, Valbuena 5ºAño Cosecha 2016 will improve in the bottle for many years.|
Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2015:
Enterwine 94. Parker 96. Guía Peñín 96. J.Suckling 97. T. Atkin 97. Decanter 96.
Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2014:
Enterwine 94. Parker 96. Guía Peñín 95. J.Suckling 96. T. Atkin 96. Decanter 94.
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|
|Percentage of variety||Tinto Fino 94%, Merlot 6%.|
|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|