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2010 VALBUENA, Vega Sicilia. Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Bin:  730

Alcohol percentage:  14%


The Vega Sicilia estate is in the “Valbuena de Duero”, south of the river. A hot, continental climate is tempered by the Atlantic ocean and the Duero River, whose mists create humidity. Of the 1,000 hectares, 240 are under vine on a clay-limestone soil.

Grape variety:

90% Tempranillo, 5% Malbec, 5% Merlot; aged in oak for over 5 years, 60% French oak, 40% American.


Vega Sicilia was founded in 1864 and has long been Spain’s most prestigious estate. Valbuena is the so-called ‘Second Wine’ – it is made in years which are not considered powerful enough to make Unico, the flagship wine (which is given around 10 years in oak).


Considered a truly great year, much sought after.

Maturity potential:

Reaching peak in 2025 but will live at least 10 years beyond then.

Old Bridge rating:

Unfair to consider this as a ‘second wine’; I generally prefer it to the even more monumental ‘Unico’.


This wine does not qualify for a further case discount