2013 Bodegas Vega Sicilia
|Origin||Spain, Ribera del Duero|
Classic, sumptuous vanilla on the nose. Beautiful blackberry fruit – a touch of jamminess, but still entirely natural and savoury. Bright acidity, lovely large yet supple grain to the tannins, and huge persistence on the palate. The alcohol finishes with a bit of heat. Bitter chocolate, olive and liquorice on the finish. Great flavour intensity, and needs many years to evolve, but I hope the alcohol won’t stick out any further. Drinking range: 2020 - 2033 Rating: 17.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Aug 2018)
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Cropped from an unusually cold and rainy vintage in which they will not bottle Único, the 2013 Valbuena is always released in its fifth year. It's mostly Tempranillo with 5% Merlot that was put through a three- to four-day cold soak in the oak vats where it fermented with indigenous yeasts and was pumped over. It matured in new and used 225-liter French and American oak barriques and also in 20,000-liter oak vats, where the larger vessels respect the fruit, especially in a more fragile vintage like 2013. It's a very elegant and fresh Valbuena with a developed nose, quite classical with a fine texture, elegant tannins and a supple, long finish where the oak is still quite obvious. I liked it very much and consider it a triumph over the challenges of the year. 150,650 bottles and some larger formats were produced. It was bottled in June 2015. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028 Rating: 94-94 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com(Jan 2018)
Bodegas Vega Sicilia
Vega Sicilia is possibly Spain's most famous vineyard, originally founded in 1864. Located in Valbuena de Duero this is a relatively large estate of 250 hectares, made up of 80% Tinto Fino, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. Winemaking follows very traditional methods.
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