*6R* 2014 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena 5°" Ribera del Duero (Castilla y Leon, SP)

Weight: 6R

Varietal: 95 Tempranillo   5 Merlot

Region: Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain

96 Points, The Wine Advocate

"The 2014 Valbuena, mostly Tempranillo with some 5% Merlot fermented by plot, making a selection from their 210 hectares of vineyards, and then matured in a combination of barriques and larger 20,000-liter oak vats. 2014 is a spectacular vintage of Valbuena, and it reminds me of the 2010, perhaps a tad more elegant and less powerful. It's expressive and has floral notes on the nose along with wild berries, herbs and a spicy and smoky touch that's nicely integrated. It has good complexity and nuance, and the palate is medium to full-bodied and intense, with pungent flavors and great length and persistence. Truly spectacular!" Luis Gutiérrez