Spains most prestigious wine estate, was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves. He planted bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec) in the arid Ribera soils, as well as the local grape, Tinto Fino. The bodega, which is located beside a highway east of Valladolid, now has 140 hectares of vines. The estate's top wine, unico, is aged for up to 10 years in a mixture of French and American wood, both large wooded vats and new barriques. Valbuena is released after 5 years of ageing. The wines of Vega Sicilia are renowned for their complexity, intensity and longevity and are amongst the finest in the world.
Valbuena is the purest expression of red wine at Vega Sicilia and is aged for five years between barrel and bottle, which lends its name to the end product: Valbuena 5º.
The 2016 Valbuena was produced with a blend of 94% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 6% Merlot from 140 hectares dedicated to this wine. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the first year it matured in barrels (75% French, 25% American) and the second year in large oak vats. This is again a floral and elegant vintage of Valbuena, very much in line with what has happened in the best vintages since 2010. 2016 is going to be a wine that the public is going to like; it has an extroverted personality and is perfumed and generous, juicy and tasty and nicely textured, with fine-grained tannins and very focused and clean flavors. 2016 was a year of very good freshness in Ribera del Duero, a year they like even better than 2018. Date: July 2021; Drink: 2021-2030; Rating: 96 Points; Luis Gutiérrez; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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