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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production99,000 bottles

The wine

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.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Ruby red / Bright
Bouquet
Fresh / Plums / Black pepper / Sweet spices / Eucalyptus / Liquorice
Mouth
Fine / Fresh / Persistent

Drinking and storing

18ºC

Food pairing

Vegetables, Small game, Wild mushrooms

Ratings and awards

201393 SK
201293 PK95 SK
201192 PK95 SK
201093 PK95 SK
200992 PK93 SK
200892 PK91 SK
PK: ParkerSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

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% Garnacho 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 bottled that was filled in May 2018.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2012 - 93 PARKER

Pale ruby with black tinges. Robust and far from sophisticated but it’s straightforward rough-edged rioja that is still going strong at nine years old. Briary finish.

— Jancis Robinson (18/03/2015)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2006 - 16 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

4.3/5
67 reviews
Vintage:

Wine making

Ageing period36 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodAmerican oak
Clarification and filtrationUnfiltered

Vineyards

Viña Cubillas

Vine age40 years
SoilCalcareous-clay
ClimateAtlantic

The winery

Bodegas R. López de Heredia

Bodegas R. López de Heredia

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...

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