López de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza 2012 Bottle size: 750ml

Spain, Rioja
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'I was quite impressed by the 2012 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza, a classical Rioja that is nicely crafted, with less aging in barrel than the rest of reds and therefore with more fruit character and less López de Heredia signature. This was born as a red for tapas, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo with 13.5% alcohol. It matured in well-seasoned American oak barrels for three years. It has ripe fruit (black rather than red) without excess and a pinch of spices and a twist of oak. 94,500 bottles produced. There are seven lots of this. I tasted a bottled that was filled in May 2018. Drink 2020-2027.' – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, 93/100 (Oct 2020)

'Glistening ruby. Spice-accented aromas of red berries, cherry cola and candied rose, plus a smoky nuance in the background. Supple and energetic in style, with a core of zesty acidity adding lift and cut to bitter cherry and red currant flavors that take a sweeter turn through the midpalate. Finishes long and smooth, delivering gentle tannic grip, a snap of peppery spices and repeating florality. Drink 2021-2029.' – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 92/100 (Apr 2021)

'This expressive red shows a thread of tobacco weaving through the dried cherry, herb and loamy earth flavors that are supported by smooth, supple tannins. Distinctive and harmonious. Drink now through 2030.' – Wine Spectator, 90/100

'The Cubillo Crianza is aged for three years in barrel and then at least two more in bottle before release, and therefore could technically fall into the Gran Reserva rather than Crianza category. The wine has an unusually high percentage of Garnacha in the blend; a varietal which often yields a softer, fleshier more generous style. Not so with 2012, a dry year with a relatively early harvest; that's what the book says, and yet the wine is wonderfully composed, with bright natural acidity, citrus fruit and hints of orange peel evidenced, all dancing around the fruit bed of flavour, the deftly savoury backdrop holding the ensemble together effortlessly. Beautifully fine and refined tannins complete the picture; there is almost a hint of salinity on the back palate, unusual in a red wine, the request for food subtly yet duly registered. Drinking Window 2021 - 2027.' – Simon Field MW, Decanter, 90/100 (Feb 2021)
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 13.5%
Blend information 65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacho, Mazuelo and Graciano and the rest from their own vineyards.
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating WA 93
Technical analysis TA: 6.5 g/L
Producer information López de Heredia is Spain's poster child for classic, traditional Rioja and is one of the wine world's great treasures. The wines of López de Heredia are oxidative, finely elegant and have a depth of umami flavour that make them so food-friendly. 'The wines are now the height of fashion… and ultimate expression of the region of La Rioja Alta', writes Decanter. Now in its fourth generation, López de Heredia have produced their wines in the same patient way since 1877. 'To capture the essence of Rioja one can’t change with every trend. For us, tradition and conviction are life-long attitudes.' – Maria López Heredia
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