2015 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5° (750ml)
Valbuena, is the purest expression of the Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) in Vega Sicilia. This magnificent wine is mostly Tempranillo with the balance being Merlot, which is added to a greater or lesser extent depending on the vintage. After fermentation in stainless steel, it is aged for five years, between wood and in the bottle, which is why it is called Valbuena 5º. French and American wood, new and used 225-litre barrels, 20,000 litre vats, a long and complex process for a great wine.
"The aromas to this are so complex and enticing with nutmeg, dark berries, chocolate and white pepper. Full body. Dense and layered with so much wonderful, complex and succulent character. It just makes you want to drink it. Drink or hold. " 97 points- James Suckling (Dec. 2019)
"The 2015 Valbuena, a red blend of mostly Tempranillo with some 5% Merlot, is released in the fifth year after the harvest. It's explosive and showy, with a complex nose that shows a mixture of flowers and wild herbs, balsamic touches and great nuance. This wine has gained in complexity since the 2010 vintage, where they implemented some changes that increased the expressivity and precision of this wine. The tannins are fine-grained and there is very good balance, and the warm conditions of the year have been absorbed well by the wine. Despite the natural conditions of the year, the wine follows the path of freshness of the 2010." 96 points - Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate, Dec. 2019)