Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5º Año 2012
Valbuena es la expresión más pura del tinto de Vega Sicilia, con una crianza que, entre madera y botella, alcanza una duración de cinco años dando así nombre al vino: Valbuena 5º Año. Valbuena se define así como un reserva de gran recorrido y riqueza aromática. El vino representa la línea más moderna de la bodega, con un estilo distintivo del otro gran tinto de la casa: el Único. La 2012 es una añada en la que el vino se presenta opulento, concentrado, impetuoso y con un gran recorrido.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The 2012 Valbuena was cropped from a vintage with a very dry and warm summer that resulted in very healthy grapes. Since the 2010 vintage, this wine is fermented plot by plot following the findings from a soils study they did. The élevage is in French and American oak barrels that on average lasts some 18 months followed by another 18 months in 20,000-liter oak vats, but of course some lots had more time in barrique and others more time in vat. It has ripe tannins and a powerful mouthfeel but with a soft texture. Even if it's not widely mentioned, it always has had some French grapes, mainly Merlot, but this 2012 is the first Valbuena ever to be really 100% Tempranillo—because the Merlot didn't behave well in this warm and dry year. It follows the path opened by the 2010, more precise and elegant, rounded by that extra time in larger vats to finish polishing the tannins. I find this 2012 halfway between 2010 and 2011. It has depth and elegance, more serious than Alión, which is always the (maybe unfair) comparison. 174,545 bottles and some larger formats were filled in April 2014.
The depth and intensity to this wine is focused and rich with so much chocolate, coffee and hazelnut character. It is full bodied and very polished with juicy tannins. Light, angular edge. Better in 2019 but already beautiful.