2008 Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5 Year Old Tinto
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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  • WA 94
  • VN 94
  • W&S 93
  • DC 93
  • WS 90

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Reg: $149.94

$132.00

In Stock: 24+ btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 6 btls
ETA: Pending

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
The 2008 Valbuena is produced with Tempranillo and 7% Merlot and Malbec from a cold, rainy season and late harvest. It reminds me of the Riberas of yesteryear, sharper with a slight rusticity, long and sharp. Once... The 2008 Valbuena is produced with Tempranillo and 7% Merlot and Malbec from a cold, rainy season and late harvest. It reminds me of the Riberas of yesteryear, sharper with a slight rusticity, long and sharp. Once fermented, the wine matured for seven months in 20,000-liter oak vats, 12 months in new barriques (equal parts French and American oak), three months in used barrels and then six months in the vats again before being bottled in May 2011. The aromas are subtle, there is fruit, but there is soil and above all there is harmony. The palate is long rather than round, with some blood orange notes, sharp and austere, a serious wine that should age very well. The average production of Valbuena is around 180,000 bottles and 2008 was no exception. Drink now-2022. - Luis Gutierrez
VN 94
Vinous, January 2014
Vega Sicilia’s 2008 Tinto Valbuena 5 Anos is compelling. A young, intense wine, the 2008 is going to need significant time to fully come together, but it boasts superb depth, persistence and a total sense of harmony... Vega Sicilia’s 2008 Tinto Valbuena 5 Anos is compelling. A young, intense wine, the 2008 is going to need significant time to fully come together, but it boasts superb depth, persistence and a total sense of harmony. Hints of cedar, tobacco and sweet spices wrap around an intense core of dark fruit.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits, June 2014
Made from the younger vines at Vega Sicilia—80 percent tinto fino, the balance cabernet and merlot—this is one of the best vintages of Valbuena in recent memory: a fountain of red fruit, intense in flavor, yet with more... Made from the younger vines at Vega Sicilia—80 percent tinto fino, the balance cabernet and merlot—this is one of the best vintages of Valbuena in recent memory: a fountain of red fruit, intense in flavor, yet with more lively freshness than typical for Ribera del Duero. The acidity forms a steel rail that projects the flavors and nuanced aromas off into the distance. It’s surprisingly easy to drink, especially for a wine of this price.
DC 93
Decanter, April 2018
Complicated’ was the original verdict for the 2008 vintage. A late frost on 1 May led Vega Sicilia to subsequently use fan heaters, and this was followed by an unusually cold summer. Nevertheless, with bottle age the... Complicated’ was the original verdict for the 2008 vintage. A late frost on 1 May led Vega Sicilia to subsequently use fan heaters, and this was followed by an unusually cold summer. Nevertheless, with bottle age the result today is a wine with a bold, dark heart laden with spicy tobacco and wild herb notes. A line of kumquat citric freshness finishes it off, setting it apart from the plush exuberance of the 2011 and 2006.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, September 2013
This supple red shows a solid balance of fresh fruit and maturing flavors of tobacco and leather, featuring well-integrated tannins, with lively acidity and a finish of vanilla and spice. Not showy, but harmonious. Drink... This supple red shows a solid balance of fresh fruit and maturing flavors of tobacco and leather, featuring well-integrated tannins, with lively acidity and a finish of vanilla and spice. Not showy, but harmonious. Drink now through 2018. – TM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Sub-region Ribera Del Duero
Vintage 2008
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Winery

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia, one of Spain’s most famous and legendary wine estates, is located in Ribera del Duero, in the Valbuena de Duero in the province of Valladolid, Castilla y Leon. Founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lacanda y Chaves, who brought cuttings of Bordelaise varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Pinot Noir from Bordeaux, the estate changed hands several times before it was purchased in 1982 by the Alvarez family. This marked the beginning of one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the company.

A large estate of nearly 1,000 hectares, just 210 hectares are planted to vines which have been grown on the Vega Sicilia estate for over a hundred years. The vines, with an average age of 35 years, are planted to three varieties: Tempranillo (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and are used to produce Vega Sicilia Unico and Valbuena, as well as wine for their sister property, Bodegas Alion.

Founded on an unwavering commitment to quality and the pursuit of excellence, Vega Sicilia’s guiding principle is that “the best wine is still to be made”.