Thursday, September 15, 2016

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2009 Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5˚

Among our current prize bottles are a Vega Sicilia Unico, and its cousin - Valbuena 5˚.   I could wait no longer to give this one a try, so after a quick stop at Whole Foods to get some Machego cheese, quince paste, and dried Spanish chorizo - the wait was over!

Wine: 2009 Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5˚ 

Region: Ribera Del Duero, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo with 5% Merlot

Obtained from: Purchased at Vega Sicilia Wine Dinner
Price: $200
Wino4Life Category: Super Ultimate OMG Wine Wine

Aeration before tasting: Decanted for 4 hours.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, dark purple in color.
Aroma: Restrained, red fruit, spice, cedar.
Taste: Much more of a traditional, old world wine.  As with the nose, very restrained.  Nicely balanced, but a little overpowered by my food pairing choices.

The Grade: I give this one a ??? Surprisingly, this has been one of my toughest wines to review. I really wanted to like it better than I did.  I can tell it's well made, well balanced, and lives up the Vega Sicilia name - but I personally expect more of a powerful punch in a wine at this price point. That's not a good thing and I know it - my palate is better at enjoying big fruity, vanilla bombs from Napa or Australia. I guess it comes down to what you want to experience from a Super Ultimate OMG type wine.  I am lucky to have been able to try wines like this (and some day that bottle of Unico!), but I'm not sure I'd look to buy any more of this wine in the future.  I may have developed an "educated" palate through my pursuit of my wine passion, but not a "sophisticated" palate.  Unfortunately, the cost of imbibing in big dollar old world style wines would have me working until I'm 100 years old - so I doubt I'll focus much on it. Ultimately, based on the quality of the wine and leaving my personal preferences out - I'll give this one an "A" - try it if you get the chance, maybe it will be your all time favorite!

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