Vega Sicilia is considered Spain's first growth and most prestigious wine estate and is located in Spain's Ribera del Douro. It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who arrived from Bordeaux with cuttings of local grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec) and planted them, together with Spains signature grape Tinto Fino in the arid Ribera soils.
Valbuena is the pure expression of red wine at Vega Sicilia, with an ageing process that from the barrel to the bottle lasts five years and gives the wine its name: Valbuena 5º (5th).
Tim Atkin (97 points) - 'This is one of the best Valbuenas I've ever tasted, a still youthful cuvée of Tempranillo with 5% Merlot. Made grapes from Vega's north-facing vineyards in the western part of the Denominación de Origen, it's a refined, layered, subtly wooded red with some spice from partial American oak ageing, notes of fresh tobacco, raspberry and bramble fruit, very fine tannins and a core of acidity that's unusual in 2015. Drink between 2022-35.
Region: Ribera del Duero
Grape(s): Tempranillo, Merlot