2007 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1123513 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Aromas of dried cherry, raspberry, vanilla, mocha and Cuban tobacco, with smoke and potpourri accents. Supple and expansive, offering sweet, spice-accented red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors that stain the palate. Dusty tannins add shape and grip to the very long, smooth, penetrating finish. I find this wine quite approachable now but it has the balance to age. Not the weightiest Valbuena but very impressive for the vintage.  (9/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Valbuena is rounded and warmer than the 2006 with lush dark berry fruits interlaced with scents of espresso and bay leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp acidity with a composed, focused finish of black cherries, raspberry, cedar and mocha. The 2007 has great precision and focus. It is more feminine and assured than the 2006, but one senses that it is holding something back to charm consumers in five or six year’s time. This is very impressive. (NM)  (8/2012)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 This is a selection of vines around 30 years old, predominantly tinto fino with some merlot and cabernet sauvignon blended in. It’s a classic Ribera, big and decadently ripe, with nutty scents and voluptuous fruit. It succeeds on its musculature, an enormous acidity and firmness that ably sustains the wine in all its opulence.  (6/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Toast and espresso flavors mingle with black cherry, licorice and tar notes in this smoky red. This shows light, firm tannins and a lightly herbal finish. Harmonious and graceful, in the traditional style. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

Valbuena is not a second wine; it is a selection from Vega Sicilia's vineyards which is then made into the lovely, elegant wine it is. While it may not easily hit the half century mark like its pricier older brother, Valbuena is no slouch, and is still one of the great wines of Spain. Produced from the classic 2007 vintage from Vega Sicilia's unique Valbuena blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Malbec, this wine will surely make old bones, likely not drinking at its peak for some time. That said, it is already showing loads of dark fruit, impressive minerality, and a layered elegance that is the hallmark of Vega Sicilia's wines.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Ribera del Duero