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Bodegas Vega Sicilia 2006 - Valbuena 5º Año 750 ml.

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Product Description
RP 94
WS 89

Country: Spain

Region: Ribera del Duero

Varietal: Tempranillo; Merlot

Vintage: 2006

Size: 750 ml.

Vega Sicilia makes three cuvées: Unico is the flagship, and the Reserva Especial is a blend of several of the best vintages. Traditionally they would be aged for 10 years or more before release, although this has been reduced in recent vintages. The junior wine, Valbuena, is made from younger vines, and is released after five years in American oak.

SKU: F0981
Reviews
Robert Parker - 94 See more...
I reviewed the 2006 Valbuena in Issue 189 (June 2010) when it was in bottle, but not yet released. It is composed of 80% Tempranillo with the remaining 20% Merlot and Malbec (the latter a rarely seen grape in Spain). Another 8 months in bottle seems to have resulted in a more expansive bouquet with notes of wood smoke, pencil lead, lavender, Asian spices, black cherry and blackberry. Rich, voluptuous, and lengthy on the palate, it is hard to resist now, but will continue to blossom for several more years and drink well through 2026. Bodegas Vega Sicilia’s Valbuena receives 3 years in barrel and 2 years in bottle prior to release. Each year Vega Sicilia releases a small amount of a multi-vintage Unico Reserva Especial blended to reflect the house style of Vega Sicilia at its very best. The vagaries of vintage are blended away leaving a wine that is, in my opinion, better than any of the single vintage wines except in the very greatest years. It is a fascinating exercise to taste the Unico beside the Reserva Especial.
Wine Spectator - 89 See more...
This plush, balanced red shows blackberry, currant, licorice and chocolate flavors, with juicy acidity and just enough tannins for grip. Still youthful, offering concentration without heaviness. Drink now through 2014. 15,000 cases made.  –TM

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