A HIGHLY REVIEWED RIBERA DEL DUERO
"The wine is perfumed, floral, expressive and balsamic like few vintages before. It doesn't feel like a 2017 at all; it is harmonious, and the tannins were fine. It's an amazing Valbuena that clearly transcends the character of the vintage." 96 Points Robert Parker Dec 2021
- Decanter 95 Points, Jul 2021
- 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!