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López Cristóbal Crianza 2017

López Cristóbal Crianza

2017

When a wine bears the surnames of the producer, the family’s good name would seem to be on the line ...

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£13.51

/ btl 0.75 L

Details for López Cristóbal Crianza 2017

Producer

Alcohol content

14.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2017

Review

When a wine bears the surnames of the producer, the family’s good name would seem to be on the line with every bottle. In the case of the López Cristóbal winery, however, there is nothing to fear: the house’s four progeny, a Roble, Crianza, Reserva and the Selección, not only champion the family’s honour with integrity and great character but also provide the perfect accompaniment to the exceptional Bagús, their single estate wine or ‘vino de pago’. Their trump cards: fine quality grapes, working as a family, and the passion and love they feel for what finally goes to fill each bottle.

Santiago López is very passionate about the countryside and viticulture, and together with his wife Lola Cristóbal and son Galo, he makes these five wines in a style characterised by elegance and genuineness. There is an air of distinction about them all: they are family-produced wines, totally genuine, pleasurable wines that make us feel perfectly at ease.

Let’s take their Crianza as an example. Despite its youth (2010), it exhibits a refined nose. In the foreground there initially appear the aromas acquired from ageing, but allow it time to open up, decant it, and you will notice how all its various charms are revealed. Its elegant fragrance comes through, ranging from intense fruit aromas, of fresh red and black fruit (the wine’s youthful character is clearly evident) to spicy aromas, fresh notes, balsamic, smoky touches; a complex and rounded whole. With some aeration and time in the glass, it also discloses an interesting and quite original earthy background.

On the palate, its velvety texture reveals flavours in keeping with aromas perceived on the nose, and poses the question as to just how much that 5% Merlot contributes to such finesse. It is intense, with a clean, fruit-forward and juicy entry, medium-bodied, and shows a polished tannin structure, offering good cellaring prospects. The refined ageing notes continue well into the aftertaste (coffee, leather).

Definitely an interesting and well-made wine, particularly suitable for enjoying comfortably at home.

Food pairing

Game dishes / Barbecues / Peppered steak

Production

  • Vinification material:Wood
  • Ageing period:12 months
  • Type of wood:French and american oak

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC

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by: Wjatscheslaw Koch (22 Jun) - Vintage 2016

Gute Weine und super Sevice

Habe zum ersten mal bestellt und bin sehr zufrieden, dass ich den Shop gefunden habe. Netter Kontakt, sehr sichere Verpackung und sehr gute Auswahl an Weine.

by: Francisco (12/06/2019) - Vintage 2015

Descubrimiento

Perfecto para carnes rojas y arroz de carne. Muy bien madurado y con taninos intensos,muy frutal en la nariz .

by: PP (29/12/2018) - Vintage 2014

Warm and full bodied.

Perfect for a cold evening. Warm spicy tones and goes down smooth. Lovely flavour and mouthfeel during and after. Recommend highly.

by: Michael Rene (27/11/2017) - Vintage 2014

Very underrated Ribera

This is a wonderful Ribera, with the balance between fruit and oak just right. I like oak, but not vanila. I like fruity, but not jammy. Here it's a perfect blend of red forrest fruits with the added fullness and complexity of the oak, with no one thing overpowering the other.

by: Bosco (25/05/2017) - Vintage 2013

Bueno

Después de probar el roble, de excelente calidad precio, este vino sin duda no le va a la zaga. Más redondo y conseguido merece la pena gastar unos euros de más.

Bodegas López Cristóbal

Bodegas López Cristóbal

An avid enthusiast of the countryside and viticulture, and a firm believer that great wines are only obtained from quality grapes, Santiago López decided to set up his own winery in conjunction with his wife, Lola Cristóbal, after several years of harvesting their crop for other wine-growers. So this is a small family-owned winery, with reinforcement now provided by their son, Galo López Cristóbal, who brings his own personal touch to the wines too. They have 50 hectares of...