A legendary Spanish red wine from Ribera del Duero, Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha is arguably one of the best expressions of the Tempranillo - aka Tinta Fina - grape. As usual, the Tempranillo is nuanced by a touch of Merlot. Both come from vineyards around 40 years of age.
The 2013 vintage was a difficult one, with little rainfall and irregular temperatures. Harvest began in late September and went on throughout October.
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 oak vats. After that, it was transferred into new and used French and American oak barrels, built in the winery's own cooperage. Then it was aged for 16 to 18 months, after which it spent a further 4 months in used barrels, and another 4 months in big wooden vats.
Finally, this red wine from Ribera del Duero was aged for 3 years in the bottle before its commercial release. Totally, the wine was aged for a period of 5 years. The whole winemaking process took place in the stunning, state-of-the art facilities which Bodegas Vega Sicilia inaugurated in 2010.
This wine has a very long life ahead. Properly stored (in a humidity-controlled environment, and at a temperature around 15ºC), Valbuena 5º Año Cosecha 2013 will improve in the bottle until the year 2030-35.
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 from Ribera del Duero. 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. Magnificent.
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 Tinta Fina has a spectacular acidity, bold tannins and a memorable finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Currently en route to the top, Valbuena 5ºAño Cosecha 2013 will improve in the bottle for many years.
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|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Other guides||Decanter 93.|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 90%, Merlot 10%|
|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|
Magnificent red wine. Thrilling, exhilarating!!
One of the best valbuenas ever. A monument.
The legend lives on. This is simply world-class. Will age gracefully for at least 15 years.