Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Ribera Del Duero Spain
A blend of different Unicos from three superb vintages, aged at least fifteen years. Reserva Especial can include grapes from harvests more than thirty years apart and usually only available to private enthusiasts under strict allocation. One of the world's great first growths, Reserva Especial adheres to the ancient Spanish practice of bringing together wines of different years to retain a profound estate style.
Vega Sicilia own and operate 250 hectares of the most splendid winegrowing terroir on the Ribero Del Duero. The exacting standards involved in making Valbuena begins with the husbanding of vines, which are controlled down to each detail. Vega Sicilia have established limits to the production of the estate's vines, all are dry grown and hand pruned, yielding less than two kilos each. A cepage of varying proportions, Tempranillo and Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, the separate vintages of Vega Sicilia are treated to an extended maturation in a selection of new and seasoned, French and American oak casks and larger format vats for many years, followed by assemblage and bottle ageing before release.
Scarlet with dark core. Complex nose of bright, vibrant fruit, cassis, cherry and spice over tobacco, mineral and oak. A sweet and savoury palate of youthful, dark berry flavours supported by velvet tannins and liqueured acids before a seemingly endless finish.