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2012 VEGA SICILIA Valbuena 5

VEGA SICILIA Valbuena 5 2012

198.50 CAD

$198.50

  • Portfolio
  • Portfolio
  • Réserve & sélection
  • Product code
  • Product code
  • 13357324
  • Format
  • Format
  • 3x750ml
  • Listing type
  • Listing type
  • Courrier Vinicole
  • Status
  • Status
  • Available
  • Country
  • Country
  • Spain
  • Regulated designation
  • Regulated designation
  • Region
  • Region
  • Castilla y Leon
  • Appellation
  • Appellation
  • Ribera del Duero
  • Varietal(s)
  • Varietal(s)
  • Tempranillo
    Merlot
    Malbec
  • Color
  • Color
  • Red
  • Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Dry
  • Closure type
  • Closure type
  • Cork
  • About this winery

    Vega Sicilia is a legendary estate recognized worldwide – and for good reason: this old property, dating from 1864, produces several high quality wines, including the renowned “Unico” which is subjected to an extremely long ageing process (up to 8 years before bottling), what delights the most demanding palates around the world. Founded in 1864 by Eloy Lecanda, the property bought its first vines in Bordeaux. The estate produced the first vintage of Vega Sicilia Valbuena and Vega Sicilia...

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Press reviews

  • - 95 Points -

    Luis Gutiérrez, February 2017

    The 2012 Valbuena was cropped from a vintage with a very dry and warm summer that resulted in very healthy grapes. Since the 2010 vintage, this wine is fermented plot by plot following the findings from a soils study they did. The élevage is in French and American oak barrels that on average lasts some 18 months followed by another 18 months in 20,000-liter oak vats, but of course some lots had more time in barrique and others more time in vat. It has ripe tannins and a powerful mouthfeel but with a soft texture. Even if it's not widely mentioned, it always has had some French grapes, mainly Merlot, but this 2012 is the first Valbuena ever to be really 100% Tempranillo—because the Merlot didn't behave well in this warm and dry year. It follows the path opened by the 2010, more precise and elegant, rounded by that extra time in larger vats to finish polishing the tannins. I find this 2012 halfway between 2010 and 2011. It has depth and elegance, more serious than Alión, which is always the (maybe unfair) comparison. 

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