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Community Tasting Notes (20) Avg Score: 93.1 points

  • Appearance: Bright and clear, it has deep ruby color, with garnet rims and legs.
    Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit such as ripe plum, dark cherries and blackberry, pungent spice of licorice, sweet spice of cloves, oak notes of cedar, vegetal notes of tobacco leaf, animal notes of leather, kernel notes of dark chocolate, maturity notes of game. The wine is developing.
    Palate: Dry with medium acidity, the wine has medium tannin of ripe and velvety texture, with high alcohol and medium body. It has medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as blackberry, plum and dark cherries, oak notes of cedar, pungent spice of licorice, sweet spice of cloves. The wine has a medium (+) finish.
    Conclusion: Very good quality Spanish red with intense, highly complex aromas on the nose, the wine is powerful and with a robust structure, with the palate smooth and giving lots of enjoyment, good concentration and finish. The alcohol is a bit high, but overall it is still in balance and a good wine for sure. Ready to drink now, it can further develop for another 5 to 7 years.

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  • Pnp, this is hardly ready, dark ruby, nose of dark currant, vanilla, licorice and tobacco leaves. Concentrated on palate, currant, creamy vanilla, smoky and a distinct floral note. But burning alcohol too. Needs a lot of time, but in the name of science....

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  • Outstanding

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  • Unlike last one this did not seem quite ready
    Aromaticslly exquisite with cedar and dark berry with smoke and fruit on the palate but the tannins seem clumsy and in the way a bit

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  • Dense ruby core. Intense aromas of game and raspberry. Punchy on the palate with strong berry flavors and some mild spicy notes. Medium to full bodied wine with generous, lush tannins and a soft texture. Long spicy finish. Needs a few more years in the cellar to reach its full potential but is already drinking wonderfully now. Will easily keep for another 15 years +.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2011, IWC Issue #158, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia Tinto Valbuena 5 Anos Ribera del Duero) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/6/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5) Dark red violet color; appealing, baked berry, ripe black fruit, mulberry, anise nose; tasty, ripe black fruit, mulberry, chocolate palate with integrated oak; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 92+ points (80% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot & Malbec)

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