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Ribera Del Duero Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5º ano Alvarez  2011 - Lot of 3 Bottles

Ribera Del Duero Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5º ano Alvarez 2011

The younger sibling of the world-famous Uni de la Vega Sicilia undergoes a slightly shorter élevage but is just as magnificent!

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Lot Description: Ribera Del Duero Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5º ano Alvarez 2011

Lot description

  • Quantity 3 Bottles
  • Level:3 into-neck
  • Label: 3 very slightly marked label
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Type of cellar: Wine cabinet
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Original Wooden Case: No
  • Custom Seal : no

Information about the wine

  • Country/Region: Spain - Castilla y Leon
  • Appellation/Wine: Ribera Del Duero
  • Climat/Cuvée: Valbuena 5º ano
  • Producer/Owner: Alvarez
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Color: Red
  • Grape variety: 75% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 25% Merlot et Malbec
  • Service temperature (in °C): 16

Information about the producer

  • Viticulture: Environment friendly
  • Intensity : Full-bodied
  • Dominant aroma : Black fruit
  • Tasting occasion : Gastronomic wine
  • Vega Sicilia Unico’s younger brother, Valbuena is bottled after 5 years of aging. Sophisticated and elegant, the wine is characterised by notes of ripe fruits and spices.

    Planted on mainly limestone soil similar to Burgundy, the Vega Sicilia vineyard is home to one of the world's greatest wines. This legendary wine has nothing to do with Sicily, and instead takes its name from the Santos Sicilia family who owned the vineyard before 1864, with Vega meaning `valley' in Spanish. From this date on, the major grape varieties of Bordeaux were added to the local variety, tempranillo. The Vega Sicilia's defining feature lies in its unique ageing process, which is a subject of much controversy. It is aged in large oak barrels from the very first year, and then decanted into different barrels of varying ages and sizes. Next comes an ageing period of five to ten years, allowing this phenomenally powerful wine's temperament to be softened. Some vintages were aged for over 25 years in barrels. Nowadays, the estate operates a more `traditional' ageing process of no more than ten or so years.
    *The above information describes the wine and is not vintage specific.

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Further information

92/100Wine Advocate (Parker/Martin)
18/20Jancis Robinson
  • Service temperature16°
  • Peak -

Tasting notes - Extract
"5º = released 5th year after harvest. 100% Tinto Fino. Aged 5 months in large wooden barrels, 18 months in new French/US oak, 3 months in used casks, then 5 months in vats before bottling. The colour of elderberry juice. Spice, sweet tobacco and dark dark fruit that has both fruit and savoury qualities. Starting to release its elegant aromas even though on the palate it is dark, dry and refined. Paper fine and yet compact tannins, depth from very fine layers. Youthful but already sophisticated.", Julia Harding MW