The nose shows damsons and plums and is quite floral with violet undertones. The palate is bursting with flavors: forest fruit and red cherries are underpinned by vibrant acidity. The tannins are ripe and sinewy but have a firm grip. Complex and complete. The 2009 is probably the best vintage of Valbuena we have tasted to date. It shows precision and focus but also conveys the richness, concentration and freshness of this great wine.
Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5° Ano
Vega Sicilia, Spain’s “first growth”; and most prestigious wine estate, is located in Ribera del Duero, beside a highway east of Valladolid. The estate covers around 1000 hectares, of which 230 – 250 are under vines. It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who arrived from Bordeaux with cuttings of local grapes (Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec) and planted them, together with Spain’s signature grape Tinto Fino (clone of Tempranillo) in the arid Ribera soils.