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Viña Cubillo 2011

Viña Cubillo

2011
Rioja (Spain)
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PARKER
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SUCKLING

The grapes, from vines aged about 40 years old, which are used in the making of Viña Cubillo come fr...

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£ 12.08

/ btl 0.75 L

Details for Viña Cubillo 2011

Type

Wine Red Crianza

Wine region

Rioja (Spain)

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

13.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2011

Review

The grapes, from vines aged about 40 years old, which are used in the making of Viña Cubillo come from the Viña Cubillas estate, owned by the López de Heredia family and in their hands for the last three generations. It gives rise to grapes of superior quality that are destined for the production of the "junior" among the Viña Tondonias. Despite being the company's youngest red, it has aged for 3 years in old barrels; perhaps this is the reason why Viña Cubillo reminds us more of a Reserva or a Gran Reserva than a Crianza, the term used for its release onto the market. Time has always been a good friend to López de Heredia and this is going to be no exception.

The blend comprising the four classic red Rioja grape varieties undergoes 2 rackings a year and the wine is clarified using egg whites, as tradition dictates. Bottles made of green glass are preferred, highlighting its traditional character and there's no filtration, so that it reaches our glasses pure and bright, and a lovely ruby colour. On the nose it appears light as well as complex; it smells of wild red strawberries and liquorice, earth, mushrooms and leather. On the palate, it's very fine from start to finish, with the remarkable acidity the wine conveys strengthening its balance. It reveals greater volume than might have been expected from first sight and expands, enveloping the palate in a silky, delicate texture. Hints emerge of plums, morello cherries, vanilla, tobacco and a subtle minerality so typical of the Rioja area. It persists, then leaves behind it a delightful flourish of freshness and complexity, a clear sign of a classic wine and a historic house. Decant it, and enjoy it all the more.

Vegetables / Small game / Wild mushrooms

  • Vine age:40 years
  • Soil:Calcareous-clay
  • Climate:Atlantic
  • Ageing period:36 months
  • Barrel age:Used
  • Type of wood:American oak
  • Clarification and filtration:Unfiltered
  • ViewBright / Ruby red
  • Bouquet:Sweet spices / Fresh / Liquorice / Plums / Black pepper / Eucalyptus
  • Mouth:Persistent / Fresh / Fine
  • Optimum serving temperature:18ºC
  • Decanting:Aeration is recommended

Customer reviews

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by: Andy Pulford (7 Jun) - Vintage 2011

Top Rioja

This is a classy Rioja at an excellent price. Full bodied, flavoursome and long in length. Drink on it’s own, with your own version of tapas or an evening meal, perfect for all.

by: A Epicure (07/12/2019) - Vintage 2010

Classy

This is a fantastic bottle of wine for the money. The word that comes to mind is 'luscious', can't recommend it highly enough.

by: Fairlight (01/10/2019) - Vintage 2010

Superb

An absolute favourite which never fails to impress, and absurdly good value for the quality on offer. One of our house wines.

by: Darren (17/09/2019) - Vintage 2010

Interesting and enjoyable

Great quality for a crianza, initially leather and Tabacco to the fore, but after a while the red fruit comes to the fore, with a hint of leather and coffee in the background, with good acidity. Good complexity good wine

by: James (28/03/2019) - Vintage 2010

Loved it

With a leg of spit roast suckling lamb this is the business. Cheap enough to share with a bunch of people, i’m roasting a whole lamb next time. Leather and vanilla and cherries.

Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia

Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia

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