Vega Sicilia "Valbuena 5º Año" Ribera del Duero 2014

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Valbuena is the pure expression of a red at Vega Sicilia, with an ageing of five years from barrel to bottle, which gives it its name, Valbuena 5º (5th year). 225-litre French and American oak barrels, both new and used, 8,500-litre vats are used in a long and complex process for perhaps, the wine which has evolved the most over the last few years. Valbuena 5º presents its splendor in each vintage and a direct view of the greatness of its soil, where the weather conditions each year make a clear distinction on the vintage. Thanks to the extraordinary job in the vineyard and ageing in tanks on its second year, todays Valbuena 5º 2014 is velvety, complex, harmonious. A very fine wine.

Alcohol by volume - 14 %

Variety - 95% Tinto Fino and 5% Merlot

Average age of vineyard - 35 years

Vineyard surface area - 210 ha

Planting density - 2,222 plants/ha

Altitude - 700 m

Yield - 3,600 kg/ha

Harvest - Hand-picked in 12-kg cases

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2014 Valbuena, mostly Tempranillo with some 5% Merlot fermented by plot, making a selection from their 210 hectares of vineyards, and then matured in a combination of barriques and larger 20,000-liter oak vats. 2014 is a spectacular vintage of Valbuena, and it reminds me of the 2010, perhaps a tad more elegant and less powerful. It's expressive and has floral notes on the nose along with wild berries, herbs and a spicy and smoky touch that's nicely integrated. It has good complexity and nuance, and the palate is medium to full-bodied and intense, with pungent flavors and great length and persistence. Truly spectacular!