Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tempranillo/Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14.%
Vega Sicilia is by far the most prestigious wine estate in Ribera del Duero, and perhaps in all of Spain, with an almost mythical reputation of both rarity & quality for their wines. Located 100 miles north of Madrid on a high elevation, remote plateau of Castilla y Leon in the town of Valbuena del Duero, their grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec all brought from Bordeaux classified growth vineyards by the Estate's founder in 1864 with their main varietal still remaining to be the indigenous Tempranillo grape. The historical provenance of the estate was instrumental in the designation of Ribera del Duero as a DOC (Denominacion Origen Calcificada) in 1982, making the region at par with Rioja. Three flagship cuvees have made Vega Sicilia legendary: the Unico, Unico Reserva Especial (multi-vintage blend), and their Valbuena 5 Ano. These wines are legendary not only for their supreme quality but also for the prices they command. Dark cherry in color with an orange tinged rim, the nose is intense & complex evoking ripe red & black fruits, roasted & smoked savory notes, and spice with balsamic hints. On its balanced, structured, & well-rounded palate, expressive fruit & savory characters are revealed culminating in a savory finish of great leangth & persistence. Drink this now through 2033 with Charcuterie, red meat, & gamey meats like Venison & Wild Boar, Rich Mutton Soup, and Lamb Stew.
The purest expression of the Tempranillo grape in Vega Sicilia, the Valbuena 2012 is deep & intense, focused & rich with predominant coffee, chocolate, & hazelnut aromas. It is full-bodied & very polished with juicy tannins on the palate displaying tobacco, cedarwood, dried cherry, plum, & menthol flavors.