VEGA SICILIA - Valbuena No 5 2018

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Wine Description

Aroma Powerful, with dominant aromas of candied fruit and toasted notes.
Color Dark cherry red with violet reflections.
Palate Warm, with aromas of candied fruit as on the nose, sweet tannins and a long finish.
Overall result This is a very spicy vintage for Valbuena, approaching the style of Único. It is mature and has a smooth acidity that gives it a smooth mouthfeel.
Match with Vegetables, stews, red meat, game.
Alcohol 14.5 vol%


Terroir

Region D.O. Ribera del Duero
Vintage 2018
Grape Varieties 96% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 4% Merlot.
Soil Loamy with a high proportion of limestone and chalk.
Height Approx. 750m above sea level.
Climate Continental, with extremely cold winters and hot summers. On the plateau, Mediterranean influence with moderate temperatures.
Harvest Hand picking

 

Vinification

Maturation 5 years in wooden barrels and bottle (hence its name).

Awards:

Robert Parker 96/100
Guia Penin 97/100
Suckling 96/100
Tim Atkin 96/100

 

Criticism

Luis Gutierréz the critic Robert Parkers wrote in 2021:

"The 2018 Valbuena comes from a cooler vintage with good yields that required sorting and selection in search of a happy and vertical version of the Valbuena that puts a little more pressure and gives the wine a little more oak, especially American (5% It was made from 96% Tinto Fino and 4% Merlot, cold soaked for three to four days and fermented with native yeasts, followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.Aging took place in new and used 225 liter oak barrels and 21,000 liter oak vats With an alcohol content of 14.5%, a pH of 3.8 and 4.78 grams of acid (tartaric), it is mature and has a smooth acidity that gives it a smooth mouthfeel This is a very spicy vintage for Valbuena, approaching the style of Único (while at the same time I felt that Toro's Pintia 2018 is approaching the aromatics of some Valbuena vintages, such as 2010) It was a late aging year with a trend for freshness in the wines. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied with very fine tannins that make the wine beautifully structured and very elegant. The Valbuena of recent years shows great regularity, here with more tension and freshness of the 2017, even a little more balsamic. 180,580 bottles, 5,528 magnums and some larger formats were produced. It was bottled in May 2021."

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