Grapes: 65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacho, 10% Mazuelo, and Graciano.
Aging: 3 years in American oak barrels and at least 3 years in bottles. Racked twice per year and no added yeast.
Taste: Fresh with a slight aroma of licorice with consistent texture and persistent aroma, comparable to any Rioja Gran Reserva!!! This Crianza has all the seriousness of an older Reserva.
Gastronomy: Good with tapas, vegetables, cold meats, and charcuterie.
Color: Clear, bright ruby.
Talking About the Wines:
-Washington Wine Blog, Jan ’19 gave 92 points to 2009 R. Lopez de Heredia ‘Vina Cubillo’ Rioja. “The 2009 ‘Vina Cubillo’ is a gorgeous blend of 65% Tempranillo with 25% Garnacha and the remainder equal parts Mazuelo and Graciano. The nose takes on toasty oak with prune, red cherry candy, and hints of sage infused coffee grounds. The palate is medium bodied and highly satisfying with some brilliant acidity and a silky texture. Lighter toned red fruits parade with citrus rind and pipe tobacco flavors. A delight to savor now, this has a long life in the cellar. Drink 2018-2028.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Dec ’18 gave 92 points to 2009 Viña Cubillo Crianza.“Mercedes López de Heredia blends this wine from 40-year-old wines near the winery in Haro, this vintage 65 percent tempranillo, 25 percent garnacha, the balance mazuelo and graciano. While the color looks mature for the wine’s age, this 2009 has the resistance to oxygen that makes the family’s Riojas so compelling. The texture is silky and soft, carrying notes of red plum skin and peach pit, tobacco and cedar, building generosity as it takes on air. Open it at a pig roast.”
-Wine & Spirits, The Restaurant Top 50 The Most Popular Wines in America’s Top Restaurants, April ’18 gave #1 ranking to Viña Cubillo Crianza.
-Ray Isle, Food & Wine Magazine, Oct ’18 gave the following review to 2009 R. López de Heredia, Viña Tondonida, 2009 Viña Cubillo Crianza, in his “What Ray’s Pouring Now: Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle’s favorite things to drink this month” “In autumn I look for older reds, like those from this great Rioja producer, which holds back its wines until they are fully ready to drink. Pair the ruby, smoky ’09 Cubillo- the current vintage- with jamón ibérico.”
-eRobertparker.com, The Wine Advocate, March, '18 gave 92 points to 2009 Viña Cubillo Crianza.“… It shows very good balance between fruit and more developed aromas, with hints of leather and cherries, spices and smoke, very clean, and with good volume in the palate...”
-A View From The Cellar, May-June ’18 gave 91 points to 2009 Viña Cubillo Crianza. “The 2009 Rioja “Viña Cubillo” Crianza from López de Heredia is really a pretty wine that is just starting to drink with generosity at age nine, but has the balance to age gracefully for at least another twenty years. This is a bottling from López de Heredia that I do not drink often and I really should, as it offers up excellent value. The 2009 Viña Cubillo delivers a fine and utterly classic bouquet of cherries, red plums, fresh nutmeg, incipient notes of Rioja nuttiness, a fine base of soil, gentle notes of clove and a fine base of toasty coconut American oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and beautifully balanced, with a bit of backend tannin, fine complexity and grip and a long, classy and vibrant finish. This is really good Rioja that will be drinking even better with a few more years in the cellar.”
-Vinous Media "Spain's New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails", May ’17 gave 91 points to 2008 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "… Brilliant ruby-red. Aromas of freshred berries, cherry pit and pungent herbs, joined in the glass by subtle vanilla, and herb nuances. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering lively red currant, and bitter cherry flavors, that flesh out on the back half. In an energetic style, showing very good finishing energy, and smooth tannins framing lingering red fruit.”