2015 Vega Sicilia Valbuena (750ml)

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain

2015 Vega Sicilia Valbuena
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Vega Sicilia has long led the way in Castilian Spain's heartland, making wine in Valbuena de Duero since 1846. When Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves returned from France in 1864 with his French barrels and varietals, experimenting in his vineyards and cellars with techniques learned in Bordeaux, he not only slowly transformed HIS wines, but also encouraged local growers to follow in his footsteps. Don Elroy's success at Vega Sicilia underscored the importance of the local variety of Tempranillo (known as Tinto Fino) and its place in the schistose sub-soils of these high elevation vineyards overlooking the River Duero. But it would require 118 years of consistency for Vega Sicilia before Ribera del Duero achieved DO status in 1982. That was also the year when the Alvarez family purchased Vega Sicilia, embarking on their mission of preserving the "ultimate, global prestigious benchmark." It's difficult to put into words the results of their investments; I visited with Pablo Alvarez recently and the place is beyond breathtaking. As most will remember, Mariano Garcia was responsible for 30 years' worth of the finest wines from Vega Sicilia, until his departure in 1998. But under Pablo's guidance, the multiple cuvees – spanning numerous districts – are better than ever. I have four of Vega Sicilia's finest today; wines adored for decades – treasures you'll love.

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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. 173,673 bottles, 5,625 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in June 2018.

96 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 246 - Dec 2019)

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