Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Ribera del Duero
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tempranillo/Merlot/Malbec
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. There is extraordinary power, freshness, & ripeness here. The nose opens up with wild berry, black cherry, & dark plum aromas with added whiffs of vanilla, spice, smoke, & wood notes. On the palate, it is plummy & powerful, seamless, focused, & lively with deep & fleshy blueberry, cassis, & currant flavors as well as added touches of dark chocolate, spice, & liquorice characters. This is a truly spectacular, harmonious, & complexly layered red with firm underlying tannins.
The Valbuena 2014 is a concentrated & powerful vintage manifesting rich berry fruit, floral, herb, spice, & smoky characters. On its wonderfully layered palate, it is deeply concentrated & fleshy showcasing dark fruit, floral, tobacco, & spicecake flavors framed by firm, fine-grained tannins leading to a lush & lengthy finish of great persistence.