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Professional Ratings: 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine & Spirits
Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 117306
Vega Sicilia Valbuena comes from the younger vines and it is mostly made with the varieties of Tempranillo and more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a garnet cherry red color with orangey undertones. There is an ethereal expression of its alcohol content and the accent of an excellent oxidative evolution, which is the fruit of oak that has been well tanned, a characteristic of Vega Sicilia red wines. Its personality is reminiscent of the varieties used, with a hint of ripe red fruit.
Ruby-red. Aromas of dried cherry, raspberry, vanilla, mocha and Cuban tobacco, with smoke and potpourri accents. Supple and expansive, offering sweet, spice-accented red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors that stain the palate. Dusty tannins add shape and grip to the very long, smooth, penetrating finish. I find this wine quite approachable now but it has the balance to age. Not the weightiest Valbuena but very impressive for the vintage.
The 2007 Valbuena is rounded and warmer than the 2006 with lush dark berry fruits interlaced with scents of espresso and bay leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp acidity with a composed, focused finish of black cherries, raspberry, cedar and mocha. The 2007 has great precision and focus. It is more feminine and assured than the 2006, but one senses that it is holding something back to charm consumers in five or six year's time. This is very impressive. Drink 2017-2030.
This is a selection of vines around 30 years old, predominantly tinto fino with some merlot and cabernet sauvignon blended in. It’s a classic Ribera, big and decadently ripe, with nutty scents and voluptuous fruit. It succeeds on its musculature, an enormous acidity and firmness that ably sustains the wine in all its opulence.