Vega Sicilia, Tinto Valbuena 5, Ribera del Duero, 2016
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Single bottle of Red wine Vega Sicilia, Tinto Valbuena 5, Ribera del Duero, 2016 94% Tempranillo & 6% Merlot

Vega Sicilia
Tinto Valbuena 5
Ribera del Duero

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The producer

There is no argument that Vega Sicilia is the most famous of all wines from Ribera del Duero. It also has the longest history dating back to 1695 although the fine wine story commences only in the mid to late 1800s and blossomed under the guidance of Cosme Palacio after 1894. The wine suffered under corporate ownership through the 1950s but returned to making fine wine from the late 60s. The modern face of Viega Sicilia began with the involvement of Pablo Alvarez who took full control in 1985 and the winery has not looked back since.

Vega Sicila makes only three wines – Valbuena 5, Unico, and Unico Reserva Especial.

Valbuena spends 30 months in barrel and two years in bottle before release and is made from Tempranillo with perhaps 10% of Merlot and Malbec in the blend. Unico is also Tinto Fino but includes 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and spends six years in casks and four in bottle before release. Unico Reserva Especial follows the old tradition of blending wines from various vintages – in this case the best vintages of Unico. The name Vega Sicilia is synonymous with the best of Ribera del Duero.

The wine

Valbuena 5 is the purest expression of Vega Sicilia’s red wines. It is aged for 5 years between oak barrels and the bottle – from which it takes its name. Sourced from 36-year-old vines, Valbuena 5 is made from 94% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and with a soupcon of Merlot. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks, and followed by the 5 years of ageing, in a mix of French and American, and new and used, small and large size wooden barrels. Harmonious and voluptuous with a balanced flavour profile of youth and evolution.  

Type: Red
Vintage: 2016
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Sub region: Ribera del Duero
Grape: 94% Tempranillo & 6% Merlot
Style: Rich and intense
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 14.5%
Drinking window: 2023 - 2035
Size: 750ml
Food match: Beef and Venison

We choose our wines based on a range of criteria (see how we choose our wines) of which critic scores is just one. Rather than simply highlight the best score to promote a wine, our average critic score is calculated from the scores provided by several respected wine critics, who we follow for specific regions. They do not represent all critic scores and, wherever possible, we try and give more weight to more recent reviews. Where appropriate we consider market-based scores like Global Wine Score or Wine Searcher Average scores.

As a rule, we look to offer wines that achieve a 92/100 average critic score or better and frankly a lot of very good wines simply don’t make the cut. As a high-end provider we want to reflect that positioning in the quality of wines we offer. Such wines are only a tiny fraction of those generally on offer in the market. We believe that an average score is a more conservative and representative approach, but it is still subjective and only offered as a guide to our customers, who will (and should) do their own research. We will add individual critic scores to our website in the future.

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