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Viña Cubillo 2012

Viña Cubillo

2012
Rioja (Spain)
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The grapes, from vines aged about 40 years old, which are used in the making of Viña Cubillo come fr...

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£16.55

/ 0.75 L btl

Viña Cubillo 2012

Producer

Alcohol content i

13.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2012

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.

Food pairing

Vegetables / Small game / Wild mushrooms

Vineyard

  • Vine age:40 years
  • Soil:Calcareous-clay
  • Climate:Atlantic

Production

  • Ageing period:36 months
  • Barrel age:Used
  • Type of wood:American oak
  • Clarification and filtration:Unfiltered

Tasting notes

  • ViewBright / Ruby red
  • Bouquet:Sweet spices / Fresh / Liquorice / Plums / Black pepper / Eucalyptus
  • Mouth:Persistent / Fresh / Fine

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:18ºC
  • Decanting:Aeration is recommended

Customer reviews

4.5/5
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by: Tony T (4 Jan) - Vintage 2012

Exceptional

A real star of the Crianzas. Full on Rioja oakiness but really well balanced, deep and smoooooth! I love this wine for the distinctive character of the Bodega. The Cubillo and its big brothers, Bosconia and Tondonia, are all exceptional.

by: Edoardo Fittipaldi (14 May) - Vintage 2012

Eccellente, se vi piace il genere

Questo è un vino per coloro che amano i vini "vecchi". Se vi piace il genere, e a me piace molto, lo amerete moltissimo.

by: Diamir (20 Apr) - Vintage 2012

Rioja auf die klassische Art

Sehr kräftiger Rioja mit Ecken und Kanten, dabei mit einem gewissen Etwas. Uns hat er geschmeckt und wir werden nachbestellen.

by: yagocarnaval (20 Apr) - Vintage 2012

un crianza de 2012

The freshness of a "Crianza" with the smooth tannins of a "vino de guarda". Beautiful!

by: HJN (11 Apr) - Vintage 2012

Sehr kräftig

Man merkt dem Wein seine 3 Jahre Lagerzeit und seine Trauben voller Geschmack an. Für mich ist er zu kräftig.

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Founded by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta at the end of the 19th Century, R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia is still today a single-family winery, where the four generations that took the helm have carried on the philosophy, working practices and social maxims introduced by the founder. R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia is also these days one of the names commanding most respect and admiration amongst wineries producing “fine wi...

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