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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2005, IWC Issue #122, (See more on Vinous...)

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

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/12/2014, (See more on 93 points

    (Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5) From magnum - dark red violet color; aromatic, olive, roasted plum, roast coffee, tar nose; tasty, poised, youthful, black currant, roast coffee, tar, black cherry palate; long finish 93+ points


  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2003, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17+ points

    (Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5) Tempranillo 85%, Merlot & Malbec 15%. A difficult vintage, with an extensive green harvest and as a result amazingly low yields - 6 hl/ha!. Bottled July 2003, due for release 2005. A dense, brooding colour in the glass. The nose is very primary, dominated by the blackberry fruit of the Tempranillo, with a dense, smoky character. A buttery, fruit crumble character belies the young oak that has yet to integrate. Pure, ripe fruit on the palate, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very good structure with ripe tannins. A hint of elegance - good balance. Very together wine. Needs five years at least.

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