- 95 Punkte Robert Parkers WINE ADVOCATE, Luis Gutierrez: "No, the 2009 Valbuena is not a current release, but I had a bottle blind at a tasting and most people, including myself, guessed it was a Grand Cru Burgundy, so aromatic, floral, expressive and elegant it was. We couldn't believe it when the wine was revealed. Later, a bottle of the 2010 was opened, and it confirmed it as the best Valbuena of recent times, with a rare combination of elegance and power, combining characters of fine Burgundy and elegant Syrah from the Northern Rhône."
- 93 Punkte und "Cellar Selection" WINE ENTHUSIAST, Michael Schachner: "This is the best Valbuena since 2005, and it may be better than that. Exotic aromas of leather, lemon peel, sawdust and boysenberry come in front of a tannic but lively and intricate palate. Baked, heady flavors of black fruits, pepper and mocha finish with chocolate and vanilla as well as juicy acidity. Drink now through 2022."
- 94 Punkte VINOUS, Josh Raynolds: "(virtually all tempranillo, with a bit of merlot; fermented in large oak tanks and raised in a 50/50 blend of French and American oak, followed by brief sojourns in used oak barrels and vats before bottling): Opaque ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented aromas of dark berries, cherry pit and potpourri, with a toasty topnote. Minerally, incisive and sweet on the palate, offering smoky cherry and blackcurrant flavors complicated by vanilla, mocha and licorice. Shows impressive power and vivacity on the youthfully tannic finish, with the smoke and spice notes strongly repeating."
- 94 Punkte DECANTER: "The 2009 is a youthful, lighter and fresher Valbuena which has not been over-extracted. It may lack the weight and intensity of a vintage for long ageing, but it’s a lovely wine. Aromas of blueberry and wild herbs lead into a refined palate with silky tannins. Maturation has been well handled, with five months in 20,000-litre vats, 18 months in new American and French oak barrels, three months in used casks, and finally five months in large vats. Drinking Window 2018 – 2025"
|Wine Enthusiast:||93 WE|
|Parker Wine Advocate:||95 RPWA|
|Region:||Ribera del Duero|
|Reben:||100 % Tinto Fino|
|Im Weinkeller:||Ausbau: 5 Monate im 20.000-l-Fuder 16 Monate in neuen Barriques (60 % amerikanisch + 40 % französisch) 4 Monate in gebrauchten Barriques 4 Monate im 20.000-l-Fuder Produktionsmenge: 150.650 Flaschen|
|% vol Alk:||14,5|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||Valbuena, is the purest expression of the Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) in Vega Sicilia. Tinto Fino is clearly the predominant wine in the assemblage of the varieties that make up this magnificent wine. The other variety used is Merlot, which is added to a greater or lesser extent depending on the vintage. The Valbuena Tempranillo is obtained from plots located on gentle concave slopes that descend from the wasteland. Those soils are made up of material that was eroded and accumulated as colluvial on the lower slopes, developing a high profile soil, with a specific important evolution with the formation of a deep calcic horizon. Valbuena provides us with a direct and understandable view of the greatness of this "terroir" with the direct influence of each vintage. Its production remains unchanged meaning that it is each year's weather factors that mark the differences between the different harvests. Fermentation 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.|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||FINCA VEGA SICILIA, 47359 Valbuena de Duero - Valladolid - Spanien|