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R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja 2009

  • Type : Wine
  • Grape Variety: Blend - Spanish Red
  • Country/State: Spain
  • Region: Rioja DOC
  • Winery: R. Lopez de Heredia

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Winemaker’s Notes

Characteristics of the vintage:
A year officially rated as VERY GOOD. The wine year passed normally, with the exception of the abundant precipitations that took place in June. However, it did not have a negative effect in the setting of the grapes. This good fertilization and absence of spring frost was followed by a dry and hot summer, free of cryptogamic/fungal diseases, which produced an abundant harvest although it was not possible to complete the entire production to which our vineyard booklet entitles us. Besides, some ripening inequalities were observed in this harvest, which could be corrected during October, which was very appropriate regarding the climatic aspect for the realization of a calm and selective harvest. The harvest started on September 22nd in «Viña Zaconia» and lasted until the 25th of the same month for the white varieties. For the red varieties, the harvest was resumed on October 7th in «Viña Tondonia», and the work was not stopped until its completion on October 24th. In the second week of December, after obtaining the timely authorization of the Rioja CRDOCa, a late harvest was made of almost the entire yield that was left pending in our vineyard booklet, after noting an interesting evolution of the few grapes during the autumn that had not reached their full maturity in October.

Tasting note:
Colour: Clear, bright ruby.

Nose: Fresh and slight aroma to licorice with consistent texture and persistent aroma.

Taste: Smooth, fresh and persistent.

Grape Varieties:
Tempranillo (65%), Garnacho (25%), Mazuelo and Graciano the rest, all from our own vineyards.

Ageing period in barrels:
3 years, being racked twice per year and fined with fresh egg whites.

Ageing period in bottle:
Rest, unfiltered, bottled in 75 cl. bottles.

Alcohol Volume:
13% Vol.

Total Acidity:
6 gr/l.

Residual Sugar:
Very Dry.

Perfect with all meat dishes, tapas and charcuterie.

Storage Temperature:
Ready to drink now, it can be stored a few more years in conditions of constant temperature (57ºF / 14ºC) and humidity (75-80%).

Serving Temperature:
64,5º to 68ºF (18 – 20ºC) always depending on mood and place.

Quantity made:
93,000 bottles.



Wine Advocate – “The red they say was born to go with tapas and sold in local restaurants is the 2009 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza. 2009 was a warm and ripe year, and this blend of Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (or the masculine Garnacho they like to use) plus 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo from limestone soils with quite a lot of clay, feels juicy and soft. It fermented with natural yeasts in large oak vats and matured in used barriques for three years. This is a bottling that has grown and improved a lot since 2004-2005. It shows very good balance between fruit and more developed aromas, with hints of leather and cherries, spices and smoke, very clean and with good volume in the palate. It’s usually a little riper and with higher alcohol than Tondonia or Bosconia, with the character, finesse and elegance of a classical Reserva.” (92 Pts)

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