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:
-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.”
-International Wine Report, Mar '17 gave 91 points to 2008 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "This wonderful wine opens with complex aromatics of red cherries, raspberries and suggestions of prune along with smoke and pipe tobacco. On the palate this shows appealing flavors of pomegranate, teaberry, Mandarin orange rind and mulberry accents all wrapped in a silky and elegant frame leading into the finish."
-International Wine Review, June '16 gave 91 points to 2007 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "This wine is classic Rioja with excellent balance and structure and perfectly integrated American oak. It displays complex, earthy dark cherry fruit with good acidity and fine tannins."
-Vinous Media, Nov '15 gave 91 points to 2007 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "Lively-smoke-and-spice-accented cherry and raspberry aromas are complemented by floral oils and pipe tobacco. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy red fruit flavors that deepen with air. Shows very good energy and appealing floral character on a long, penetrating finish that's given shape by harmonious tannins."
-eRobertParker.com, Apr '15 gave 91+ points to 2007 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "The 2007 Viña Cubillo is the most affordable red. It is a wine that was born to go with tapas and to be sold at local restaurants showing a combination of fruit and the earth where the vines grow. The intoxicating nose shows blood orange, bitter cherries, leather and spices in a subtle and balanced way. The palate is sinewy, polished, has good acidity and is not terribly complex nor powerful but is built more on the subtlety and lightness. This could well be the best Cubillo of recent times"