James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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Bodegas Vega Sicilia Valbuena No 5 2017 - 1.5 Litre Bottle

Product description

Few wines have a history as distinguished as that of Vega Sicilia. At Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero, two hours from Madrid, Tempranillo proved its potential for greatness. When the estate's original founder, Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves, returned from France with cuttings of Bordeaux varietals, he planted them alongside the indigenous variety, then known simply as Tinto del Pais, or "Country Red", but today is known as Tinto Fino or Tempranillo. Surprisingly, it was the Tempranillo that produced the superior wine.

Today, the market for Vega Sicilia is one of scarcity and increasing demand. Vega Sicilia's growing fame and desirability are a testament to the estate's enduring legacy and the world's craving for wines of history and noble bearing. 

Valbuena 5 2017 is a more mature, juicy, and voluptuous expression, always focusing on harmony.

96 Points - James Suckling

This shows wonderful aromas of blackberries, violets and sandalwood with vanilla undertones. Full-bodied with racy tannins and gorgeous fruit. Linear and very long. Slightly chewy. It needs time to come together but it already has excellent quality.

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The wine is perfumed, floral, expressive and balsamic, like a few vintages before. It doesn't feel like 2017 at all. It is harmonious, and the tannins were fine. It's an amazing Valbuena that transcends the character of the vintage.

93 Points - Wine Spectator

A savoury thread of fragrant wild herb, cedar and leather winds through a creamy range of damson plum, dried fig, olive tapenade and smoke in this supple, layered red, which is rich and concentrated but harmonious overall, integrating a frame of dense tannins and orange peel acidity. Ends with a lingering, spiced finish.