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:
-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."
-Wine & Spirits, Dec ’19 gave 91 points to 2010 Viña Cubillo Crianza. “An estate-grown blend of tempranillo (65 percent), garnacha (25 percent), Graciano and mazuelo, this is a classical, earthy Rioja with scents of anise and cool, lasting spice. It’s lean, peppery and gentle, deliciously mature, ready to serve with roast fish in a mushroom and Rioja reduction.
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct ’19 gave 92 points to 2009 Viña Cubillo Crianza. “This parcel, 59 acres of calcareous clay about two miles from the winery, is planted exclusively to red varieties; the López de Heredia family always bottles it as a Crianza wine. The 2009, a blend of 65 percent tempranillo and 25 percent garnacha with some mazuelo and Graciano, belies that designation in its nuance and silky texture. With scents of tobacco and cedar and generous red-plum flavor, its compelling now, and only gets better with air.”