THE VINEYARD CUBILLAS - The Viña Cubillo wine comes from the vineyard “Cubillas”, which is 2 miles away from the winery. Its height is 1,348 feet above sea level and the vines have an average age of 40 years. The soil is from the terciaria age, composed of clay and limestone. The surface is 59 acres: Tempranillo, Garnacho, Mazuelo, and Graciano. Historically, the wines from that vineyard were called “Special Harvest”.
Region/Sub-Region: Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alta.
Grapes: 65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacho, 10% Graciano, and Mazuelo.
Soil: Clay and Limestone.
Harvest: End September-early October, all done by hand, cutting with a curved knife "corquete", prevents the grape breaking causing fermentation prematurely. Bunches are placed in conical wood containers made at the R. López de Heredia cooperage.
Vinification: Hoppers de-stem bunches and gently break skins. Spontaneous fermentation in large 25,000L vats.
Aging: 3 years in 225L American oak barrels handmade by the López de Heredia coopers, racked twice per year and at least 3 years in bottle before released.
Nose: Terrific nose of leather, black cherry, dried raspberries and spice.
Taste: Full palate and complex development, well balanced with firm tannins, red black fruits with earthy undernotes.
Gastronomy: All kinds of meats and grilled fish, leg of lamb stuffed with rosemary and garlic, cured meats, anchovies and fatty fish.
Color: Dark deep ruby with garnet rim.
Talking About the Wines:
-Vinous Media, Apr '21 gave 92 points to 2012 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "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.”
-Wine & Spirits, Dec '20 gave 92 points to 2011 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "This comes from the López de Heredia family’s Cubillas vineyard, 59 acres of vines averaging 40 years of age, two-thirds of which are tempranillo, the balance planted to garnacha, mazuelo and graciano. They designate this vineyard’s wine as a Crianza, though it has the grandeur and elegance that takes it to a higher level. The lush fruit has scents of tart raspberries and sweet cherry compote, while a prickle of spice keeps it lean and classical in structure. That spiciness brings chorizo to mind, with which this would be delicious."
-A View From the Cellar, Nov - Dec '20 gave 92 points to 2011 Viña Cubillo Crianza. “The 2011 Viña Cubillo from López de Heredia is another really lovely bottle of Rioja, once again arguing that this is one of the very finest value to be found in the entire region. The bouquet is deep, complex and utterly classical in personality, wafting from the glass in a lovely and impressively complex blend of red and black raspberries, cigar wrapper, clove, a superb base of soil, a touch of eucalyptus, coconutty American oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with the first vestiges of velvety texture emerging on the attack , a fine core and soil signature, buried tannins and a long, tangy and perfectly balanced finish. This is very, very good Rioja!"