94% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino), 6% Merlot.
Winemaking Team Notes: "Valbuena is the purest expression of red wine at Vega Sicilia and is aged for five years between barrel and bottle, which lends its name to the end product: Valbuena 5º. The perfect balance between elegance, complexity and concentration. Pure harmony."
Vintage Notes: "The first frosts took place in mid-November, although they were not significant until December. This triggered a good parch process. The weather was relatively mild from November to February, a trend that was reversed in early March. As the start of spring was cooler than average, bud break was slightly later than usual.
The summer was typical of Ribera del Duero and flowering took place in the middle of June. The sweltering heat experienced in the month of August caused long dormancy stages that delayed ripening."
Critic Tasting Notes: "Dark violet. Powerful red and dark fruit preserve, pipe tobacco and potpourri aromas are complemented by exotic spice, mocha and incense flourishes. Sappy and energetic in character, offering palate-staining blackberry, cherry liqueur, floral pastille and spicecake flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Gently chewy tannins build steadily on an impressively long, focused and penetrating finish that leaves smoky mineral, floral and juicy dark berry notes behind. (JR)" Vinous, 95 pts (2/2021)