2017 Vega Sicilia, Valbuena 5.°, Ribera del Duero DO 3x75cl

2017 Vega Sicilia, Valbuena 5.°, Ribera del Duero DO 3x75cl

$645.00 Excl. GST
$703.05 Incl. GST
Castilla y Leon
Vega Sicilia
Immediate, 4 in stock, Duty Paid

Producer Profile

Area under vines : 250 hectares
Soils : Clayey-limestone, with brown-grey streaks and an alluvial area
Average age of the vines : 35 years old
Yields : 21hl/ha

Grape varieties :

  • Tempanillo
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Malbec

Wines Vineyard Holdings:

  • Ribera del Duero :
  • Valbuena 5°
  • Reserva Especial
  • Unico

Learn more about Vega Siciliahere

Tasting Notes

Robert Parker 96

2017 was marked by the frost of the night between April 27 and 28 that Vega Sicilia fought with their anti-frost towers. The end of the season was warm, and the overall rain was low, 235 liters. The 2017 Valbuena is marked by these circumstances, produced with 94% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 6% Merlot, with good ripeness (14.5% alcohol) and mellow acidity (4.65 grams of tartaric acid and a pH of 3.85). The grapes were cooled down and took three to four days of maceration to start fermenting with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in a combination of new and used French and American 225-liter oak barrels and 21,000-liter oak vats for almost three years. The result, for whatever reason, was nothing short of spectacular. The wine is perfumed, floral, expressive and balsamic like few vintages before. It doesn’t feel like a 2017 at all; it is harmonious, and the tannins were fine. It’s an amazing Valbuena that clearly transcends the character of the vintage. What I see here is that since 2010, the wine has a very high consistency. And in 2017 it excels. 170,071 bottles, 5,516 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in June 2020. [Luis Gutiérrez, 05/12/2021]

Anticipated maturity: 2023-2030

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