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Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5° Año -Tinto Reserva 2003

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"Vega Sicilia’s 2003 Unico, mainly Tempranillo with a balancing 8% of Cabernet Sauvignon, was aged in wood for nearly seven years before being bottled, starting with 15 months in large oak vats, followed by 25 months in new barriques, before being transferred to used ones for another 17 months and ending its elevage with a further 22 months in those large wood vats again. As I uncork the bottle, the aroma reminds me of a classical Tempranillo, with some dill notes from the American oak and a minty hint from the Cabernet. It actually makes me think of traditional Rioja, believe it or not. The wine doesn’t show the heat of the vintage, and manages to transmit a general sensation of balance and finesse that is quite remarkable for the characteristics of the year. The aim here was to avoid the confited and raisiny notes of the fruit and the spirity character so common in that vintage. It starts off slightly lactic, with notes of cafe au lait, coconut and cola. With a bit of time, it turns more flowery and shows more red fruit. It is very aromatic, with plenty dry herbs, thyme and rosemary, even pine nuts, a bit of resin and some cured meat, and overall has a very complex nose. The mouth is a little more transparent toward the heat of the vintage, it is powerful and full-bodied, but manages to keep freshness. The minty note is there, with some hints of chalk that make it very tasty. It feels briary and opulent. A success over the vintage conditions, it already shows some signs of complexity, which points at an approachable Unico. Even though it can be drunk now, it will get more polished and integrated with a few years in bottle. 76,050 bottles and 2,616 magnums were filled (on the low-ish side for Unico), but the magnums will be sold later; they are currently offering 2000 in magnum and 1999 in double-magnum...94" WA 07/13 "This red is generous and expressive, delivering dried cherry, tobacco, mineral and spice flavors in a rich, round texture, with a good balance of well-integrated tannins and racy acidity. More harmonious than assertive, but shows plenty of depth...94" WS 09/13

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External Reviews for Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5° Año -Tinto Reserva

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
08/04/2008

The 2003 Valbuena is purple-colored and super-fragrant with aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a powerful, concentrated wine with an opulent palate-feel, layers of flavor, and beautiful integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, no mean feat in the torrid 2003 vintage. Supple, sweet, and long, this superb effort will evolve for another 4-6 years and drink well through 2025.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/31/2008

"Valbuena" is a Tempranillo and Merlot blend that shows the feminine side of the Vega Sicilia. Somewhere between garnet and cherry in color, "Valbuena" gives red berries on the nose with softness and elegance on the palate. The Barbaresco to "Unico's" Barolo!


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2003 - Bodega Vega-Sicilia Tinto Valbuena Reserva 5 ano - Spain - Region: Rbera del Duero - Apellation: Rbera del Duero - Tempranillo - 750 ml.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

Red wine 2003 Bodega Vega-Sicilia Tinto Valbuena Reserva 5 ano Spain Region: Rbera del Duero Apellation: Rbera del Duero Tempranillo 750 ml. Free Shipping Insurance


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

Red wine - 2003 - Bodega Vega-Sicilia Tinto Valbuena Reserva 5 ano - Spain - Region: Rbera del Duero - Apellation: Rbera del Duero - Tempranillo - 750 ml.


External Review
04/21/2010

Dichtes Purpur. Blaubeerige Fruchtkomplexe unterlegt mit feiner Zimtwürze und Dörraprikosen. Kompakter Gaumen mit tiefgründiger Frucht, saftiger Fluss mit perfekter Balance.Bis am Schluss füllig-weich, noble Früchtebrotnote im unvergesslichen Finale.


External Review
02/07/2010

Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5 2003: Valbuena ist ein durch und durch ungewöhnlicher Rotwein neben Tinto Fino, einer Spielart des Tempranillo, besteht er aus Merlot und Malbec. Der Wein reift zuerst 2-3 Jahre in Fässern aus amerikanischer und französischer Eiche und danach bis zum Erreichen seinen 5. Jahres in der Flasche bevor er in den Handel kommen darf. Bereits nach ein paar Jahren Kellerreife kann er, bedingt durch seine jugendlichen, fruchtig frische Komponenten, gut getrunken werden.Im Glas präsentiert sich der Valbuena 2003 purpurfarben mit ungemein aromatischem Duft von geröstetem Brot, Graphit, Schwarzen Johannisbeeren und auch Brombeerlikör. Das Bouquet ist reichhaltig und verführerisch, mit Nuancen von süßen Beeren und feinem Toast.Vielschichtige Aromen und eine opulente Fülle am Gaumen machen diesen kraftvollen, konzentrierten Rotwein zu einem wahren Geschmackserlebnis. Trotz des ausgedörrten Jahrgang 2003 sind Eiche, Tannin und Säure wunderschön eingebunden, der Wein ist geschmeidig und süß mit langem Abgang und wird seine Aromen in den nächsten Jahren bis 2025 noch weiter entfalten. Land:    SpanienJahr: 2003Inhalt: 0.75Anbauregion: Ribera del DueroWeingut: Vega SiciliaRebsorte(n): Tinto Fino, Merlot, MalbecAlkoholgehalt:    14%empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°CLagerfähigkeit: 10 - 15 Jahre ab Jahrgang Fassreife: in Barriques gereift zum Essen ...: ...:  Dieser intensive Rotwein harmoniert perfekt mit kräftigen Suppen, gegrilltem Fleisch von Rind und Wild, Braten oder auch einer Lammstew Rotwein > Spanien > Kastilien-León


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"Vega Sicilia’s 2003 Unico, mainly Tempranillo with a balancing 8% of Cabernet Sauvignon, was aged in wood for nearly seven years before being bottled, starting with 15 months in large oak vats, followed by 25 months in new barriques, before being transferred to used ones for another 17 months and ending its elevage with a further 22 months in those large wood vats again. As I uncork the bottle, the aroma reminds me of a classical Tempranillo, with some dill notes from the American oak and a minty hint from the Cabernet. It actually makes me think of traditional Rioja, believe it or not. The wine doesn’t show the heat of the vintage, and manages to transmit a general sensation of balance and finesse that is quite remarkable for the characteristics of the year. The aim here was to avoid the confited and raisiny notes of the fruit and the spirity character so common in that vintage. It starts off slightly lactic, with notes of cafe au lait, coconut and cola. With a bit of time, it turns more flowery and shows more red fruit. It is very aromatic, with plenty dry herbs, thyme and rosemary, even pine nuts, a bit of resin and some cured meat, and overall has a very complex nose. The mouth is a little more transparent toward the heat of the vintage, it is powerful and full-bodied, but manages to keep freshness. The minty note is there, with some hints of chalk that make it very tasty. It feels briary and opulent. A success over the vintage conditions, it already shows some signs of complexity, which points at an approachable Unico. Even though it can be drunk now, it will get more polished and integrated with a few years in bottle. 76,050 bottles and 2,616 magnums were filled (on the low-ish side for Unico), but the magnums will be sold later; they are currently offering 2000 in magnum and 1999 in double-magnum...94" WA 07/13 "This red is generous and expressive, delivering dried cherry, tobacco, mineral and spice flavors in a rich, round texture, with a good balance of well-integrated tannins and racy acidity. More harmonious than assertive, but shows plenty of depth...94" WS 09/13

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