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:
-Washington Wine Blog, Aug '20 gave 93 points to 2011 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "The 2011 ‘Vina Cubillo’ Rioja is a splendid effort from this under appreciated vintage in La Rioja. Toasty oak combines with the core of red currants, red raspberry and orange rind tones on the nose. The palate is plush, showing a core of sour red fruits with great length and blood orange rind and wild mushroom accents. Seriously good at the nine year mark now, this will continue to cellar well for at least another decade. Drink 2020-2030."
-The Wine Bible, Karen MacNeil, March '20 gave 90 points to 2010 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "This is the steal of a lifetime from one of the best traditional estates in Rioja. Beautiful “old” aromas and flavors of earth, mushrooms, pipe tobacco, and saddle leather.'"
-Wine Spectator, March '20 gave 90 points to 2010 Viña Cubillo Crianza. "Lively and expressive, this red delivers berry, dried cherry, orange peel and vanilla flavors. The supple texture is fueled by mouthwatering acidity and backed by well-integrated tannins. Traditional style. Garnacha, Tempranillo and Viura. Drink now through 2024."