Grape: 100% Tempranillo
Region:Spain> Ribera Del Duero.
Valbuena, is the purest expression of the Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) in Vega Sicilia. Tinto Fino is clearly the predominant varietal in the assemblage of the varieties that make up this magnificent wine. The other varietal used is Merlot (not in the 2012 vintage), which is added to a greater or lesser extent depending on the vintage. Fermentation is processed at a controlled temperature with native yeast in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in stainless steel.
After fermentation, it is aged for five years, between wood and in the bottle, which is why it is called Valbuena 5º. French and American wood, new and used 225-litre barrels, 20,000 litre vats, a long and complex process for a great wine.
“This is a particularly interesting vintage, as the Merlot which usually forms part of the blend is absent due to crop failure. Despite this, there’s nothing missing, not even for the most exacting of Vega enthusiasts. Aromatically, the wine is very elegant with violets and roses overlaying the red fruit and notes of cedar. The palate is long and pure, lifted by well balanced acidity. The tannins are still young and firm and naturally need more time. The finish is very long, with a mocha richness. 100% Tinto Fino. Aged for five years in new and used French and American barrels and 20,000 litre vats.” - Sarah-Jane Evans MW