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2010 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena 5°" Ribera del Douro

SKU #1412544 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The oak makes plenty of impact on the nose with some tarry notes across ripe-blue-plum, ccassis and chocolate aromas. Tannins are assertive. An essay in tannin structure and power, this has balance with impressive core strength. Flavors are in the purple-cherry, cassis and blackberry zone. Needs time. Great wine. Best from 2020. Inner quote mark (10/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Since the 2010 harvest, they ferment plot by plot, and it shows. This Valbuena has almost 100 components in it, smaller lots, all of them corresponding to a plot of vines. It has all the signs of being one of the best vintages ever for this second wine from Vega Sicilia, mostly Tempranillo but with 5% Merlot that matured five months in 20,000-liter oak vats, 18 months in new barriques (equal parts French and American oak), three months in used barrels and then five months in the vats again before being bottled in May 2013. 2010 seems to have the exuberance of the 2011 and the seriousness and elegance of 2009. It has the Burgundian philosophy of terroir, with all plots fermented and aged separately, giving each vineyard what it needs in terms of vinification and elevage resulting in something like 40 separate lots to blend. This wine has gained in precision and sharpness, and is very pure with delineated aromas and flavors. It is a world-class wine, possibly the best Valbuena ever. 180,000 bottles and some bigger-sized formats were filled. The wine will be released in 2015. Drink 2016-2025. (LG) Inner quote mark (8/2014)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. Powerful, deeply pitched red and dark berry preserve, incense and floral pastille scents are enlivened by an intense mineral quality. Concentrated yet strikingly vibrant and focused on the palate, showing bitter cherry, black raspberry and vanilla flavors that spread out with air while maintaining urgency. An extremely long, sweet, penetrating finish features velvety, harmonious tannins that provide gentle grip to the wine's sappy berry fruit and candied lavender qualities. This stunning wine was aged for 18 months in new oak, half of it American and half of it French. I can't recall a better version of this bottling at this stage of its development and I hesitate to apply an arbitrary drinking window here as I'm sure that it will outlive me. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Smoky aromas of black plum, wild berry and clove precede a rich, layered, saturated palate that's creamy in the long run. Woody, spicy flavors of clove, pepper, chocolate and plum finish similarly, meaning this superb blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is still in a youthful phase. Drink from 2018–2030. *Cellar Selection* (MS) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 2010 was the first vintage made in the new winery and, following a soil study, Vega Sicilia were able to vinify plot by plot. Both of these factors contributed to an exceptional Valbuena that's darkly aromatic with notes of cedar and redcurrants. In the mouth, by contrast, it's surprisingly delicate, fresh and textured with fine-grained tannins. Dark cherry builds to peppery spice and a savoury edge. A widely acclaimed vintage. (SJE) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Thick and plush, this rich red delivers black plum, blackberry, toast and baking spice flavors, supported by well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. A big wine, but not aggressive, with a warm, broad character. Drink now through 2025. (TM, Web Only-215) Inner quote mark

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