Founded in 1864, Vega-Sicilia is a legend amongst Spanish wineries. Its wines are concentrated, ripe, big and extremely elegant. Their estate is located in Valbuena del Duero, close to the town of Valladolid, following the course of the Duero river. They own 250 hectares of Tinto Fino ("Tempranillo de la Ribera"), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec vineyards. Their soils are clayey-limestone, with brown-grey streaks and an alluvial area. Since 1987, the winery crafts its own barrels, vats and casks. Valbuena is, so to speak, the entry-level wine from Vega-Sicilia. Compared to their high-end "Unico", this one comes from the youngest vines in the estate and is aged for less time (5 years).
The 2011 Valbuena was fermented plot by plot, something they started after a deep soil study in the 2010 vintage. 2011 was a very warm and ripe vintage in the zone, and the challenge was to keep the freshness. There are more black fruit aromas, subtle spices and hints of complexity, as well as tertiary aromas that are quite classic and turn more balsamic with time in the glass. Again, this is very different form the 2012 Alión, rounder, riper, richer, more polished, mellow, soft, quite exuberant and hedonistic." Luis Gutierrez 94 points Wine Advocate