2015 Valbuena, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain

2015 Valbuena, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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"There is something slightly exotic about 2015 Valbuena with its deep, intense, blueberry blackberry nose mixing with heady Christmas spice. The palate is wonderfully sophisticated with impressive concentration; multi-layered dark fruits tumble over each other, framed and refreshed by an edge of soft raspberries. There is a real blackcurrant cassis density to this wine, yet all is lifted by a fine seam of acidity that cuts right through its core, taking away any sense of heaviness. The tannins initially feel high but then melt away, drifting off into a pinpoint, focused precision. This still needs time for the tannins to resolve fully but, even at this youthful stage, the palate is left coated with an impression of concentrated dark fruit, liquorice and chocolate on an amazingly long, mineral, powdery finish. This is the first Valbuena vintage of which winemaker Gonzalo Iturriaga de Juan had full control and his consummate skill is ever more clear, especially in the quality of the tannins that melt effortlessly in the mouth. The mature vines here did well in the hot, dry conditions of 2015, all factors conspiring to make this a truly exceptional Valbuena; in my opinion, this is the best vintage to date. Drink 2024-2044." Catriona Felstead  MW

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