Vega Sicilia 2016 Ribera del Duero 'Valbuena 5°'
Valbuena is the purest expression of red wine at Vega Sicilia and is aged over five winters in barrel then bottle. The first year of ageing takes place in barrel, with 75% French oak and 25% American oak. In this first stage, the aim is to amplify the wine’s structure, sense of sweetness and density. The second year of ageing takes place in large wooden vats and, during this stage, it gains elegance, complexity, tension and subtlety.
The 2016 Vintage
The first frosts took place in mid-November, although they only became significant in December. The weather was relatively mild from November to February, a trend that was reversed in early March. As the start of spring was cooler than average, the budbreak was slightly later than usual. The summer was typical of the conditions in the Ribera del Duero. Flowering took place in the middle of June. The sweltering heat experienced in the month of August caused long dormancy stages that delayed ripening. September was a dry month, which helped keep the grapes healthy and ensure a well-balanced end to ripening. The harvest began on 22 September for the pied de cuve and then continued between 27 September and 11 October.