The 2008 Valbuena is every bit a great Vega Sicilia, as you would expect, with a shorter aging than the Vega Sicilia Unico.
The Valbuena is obtained from younger vines and is made of a blend of Tempranillo mainly, Merlot, and a lower percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows the same maroon-cherry colour of Vega Sicilia Unico and orange edges, the ethereal expression of its alcoholic graduation and the accent of its excellent oxidative evolution, achieved thanks to a tanned oak and typical of the red wines produced by this winery. Its own personality is marked by its varietal aromas and by some nuances of ripe red fruit.
In the palate, the 2008 Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5º Año shows a leaner structure than Vega Sicilia Único but with the complexity provided by the association of a vinous-fruity wine. Decant it at least an hour before tasting it.
94 Points – Vinous:
Vega Sicilia’s 2008 Tinto Valbuena 5 Anos is compelling. A young, intense wine, the 2008 is going to need significant time to fully come together, but it boasts superb depth, persistence and a total sense of harmony. Hints of cedar, tobacco and sweet spices wrap around an intense core of dark fruit.
93 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Opaque ruby. Sexy, oak-spicy aromas of dark berry preserves, pipe tobacco, licorice and vanilla, with a smoky overtone. Plush, expansive blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show superb depth and pick up Indian spice and bitter chocolate nuances with air. Finishes sweet and seamless, with slow-building tannins and a whiplash of sweet blue fruit.
90 Points – Wine Spectator:
This supple red shows a solid balance of fresh fruit and maturing flavors of tobacco and leather, featuring well-integrated tannins, with lively acidity and a finish of vanilla and spice. Not showy, but harmonious.