2010 Vega Sicilia Valbuena

"Possibly the best Valbuena ever" eRobertParker.com


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Brand Vega Sicilia
Region Ribera del Duero
Varietal Tempranillo
Size 750ml
Vintage 2010
Country Spain


Aged for 31 months in both casks and barrels, there is yet further bottle age prior to release to guarantee harmony. The vineyard is divided up into small plots, each of which is fermented separately. Many observers see a Burgundian aspect to this wine in terms of its purity and earthy characters.

"Since the 2010 harvest, they ferment plot by plot, and it shows. This Valbuena has almost 100 components in it, smaller lots, all of them corresponding to a plot of vines. It has all the signs of being one of the best vintages ever for this second wine from Vega Sicilia, mostly Tempranillo but with 5% Merlot that matured five months in 20,000-liter oak vats, 18 months in new barriques (equal parts French and American oak), three months in used barrels and then five months in the vats again before being bottled in May 2013. 2010 seems to have the exuberance of the 2011 and the seriousness and elegance of 2009. It has the Burgundian philosophy of terroir, with all plots fermented and aged separately, giving each vineyard what it needs in terms of vinification and elevage resulting in something like 40 separate lots to blend. This wine has gained in precision and sharpness, and is very pure with delineated aromas and flavors. It is a world-class wine, possibly the best Valbuena ever." eRobertParker.com

"Succulent and earthy, with lots of common ground with Burgundy in its fungal, earthy aroma. Long, plush fruit on the palate. Comprehensive structure - gets all of the elements in charming, co-flattering balance. Sophisticated, open, truly delicious." Jancis Robinson MW

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