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Vega Sicilia Tinto Valbuena 5, 2016

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A HIGHLY REVIEWED RIBERA DEL DUERO

This vintage is a little more elegant compared with 2015. It is a subtler wine, much more forest floor, nails and cedar wood. A more structured vintage, but equally delicious. It is a very balanced wine, more serene than the previous year. A bucolic vintage, with a clear impact of provençal herbs at the back palate. A round and elegant vintage for more immediate consumption than 2015. (FC) Jancis Robinson 18/20

  • Robert Parker 96 points, Tim Atkin 97 Points
  • Aged for five years between barrel and bottle
  • An elegant and complex wine
  • 94 % Tinto Fino and 6 % Merlot

Cellaring: 2021 to 2040

Food Pairing:  A beautiful, aged wine that you can pair with a wild game bird such as gently roasted quail or pheasant.

STORY BEHIND THIS WINE

Valbuena is the purest expression of red wine at Vega Sicilia and is aged for five years between barrel and bottle, which lends its name to the end product: Valbuena 5º. The first year of ageing is done in oak barrels and it`s particularly important, using 75 % French oak and 25 % American oak. In this first stage, our goal is to build the wine, working on its structure, sense of sweetness and density. The second year of ageing takes place in large wooden vats and, in this stage, it gains elegance, complexity, tension and subtlety. Valbuena 5º 2016 is the perfect balance between elegance, complexity and concentration. Pure harmony!

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