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Red Wine

López de Heredia Rioja Crianza Viña Cubillo Rioja, Spain 2012

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OVERVIEW/REVIEWS:
For 142 years, four generations of the López de Heredia family have devoted themselves to producing exceptional and unique wines. They are masterpieces which the founder of the company, Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, defined in the late nineteenth century as "Supreme Rioja". Vineyard care, scrupulous selection of grapes, extended aging in oak barrels and in bottles all contribute to making these illustrious wines with their exceptional bouquet. (winery notes)

Today's wine is sourced from the Cubillas Vineyard, located two miles away from the winery in Haro. The vineyard is approximately 1330 feet above sea level and the vines have an average age of 40 years. This 59-acre vineyard is composed of clay and limestone soil and is planted to Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazuelo, all of which appear in the final blend.

Aged for 3 years in American oak barrels before bottling, this wine is not your average Crianza. Crianza wines in Spain must be aged in oak for a minimum of one year; Heredia's practice of oak-aging its Crianzas for 3 years is a testament to its dedication to superior craftsmanship. The wine's nine years of development have given it a level of complexity that is unrivaled among its Crianza peers. 

95 points, James Suckling:
"Wonderful aromas of mushrooms, bark, cigar tobacco, and plums with just a hint of citrus. Full-bodied with incredible softness and complexity. Subtle chocolate, fruit, and walnut in the aftertaste. Goes on for minutes. Fantastic wine. Classic, textbook Rioja. A joy. Incredible value! Drink or hold." (11/2/20)

93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"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% Garnacha, 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 bottle that was filled in May 2018." (10/30/20)

92 points, Vinous:
"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 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. (4/21)

PRODUCT DETAILS:
Producer Name: López de Heredia
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Rioja
Sub-Region: Rioja Alta
Appellation: Rioja DO
Village/Vineyard/Climat: Vina Cubillas
Quality Designation: DO
Grape Varietals: Tempranillo (65%), Garnacha (25%), Mazuelo and Graciano (10%)
Vintage: 2012
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Aged Mature Red
Winemaker: Mercedes López de Heredia
ABV: 13.5%
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Burgundy Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork

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