Valbuena 5º Año. Tempranillo 2013 1500 ml

Grupo Vega Sicilia

VLBNATEMP2013-1500ML

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Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tempranillo/Merlot
Vintage: 2013
Size: 1500ml
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14.%
Body: Full
Sweetness: Dry

Why We Love This Wine

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 garnet in color, the nose reveals attractive aromas of ripe blackberries, Mediterranean spices, dark chocolate, orange peel, & fresh herbs. On the palate, it is very rich & layered with a fine texture & elegant tannins with focused cherry, liquorice, & espresso flavors and a supple, lengthy finish punctuated by palpable oak notes.

Winemaker / Tasting Notes

Valbuena is the pure expression of red wine at Vega Sicilia with a meticulous aging process that lasts 5 years from barrel to bottle as its name clearly suggests. Garnet cherry in color with an orange tinged rim, perfumed nuances of ripe red fruit dominate the nose. On the palate, it is bold, expressive, & complex displaying red fruit characters & mocha notes.

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