Lopez de Heredia is one of the most traditional bodegas in Rioja. The Vina Cubillo is aged in cask for less time than their Vina Tondonia and Vina Bosconia, so it's the "youngster" of their line. That said, this 2012 Crianza is the current release! Taut tannins, bright fruit and an old-school dusty finish is what Cubillo is all about.
"I was quite impressed by the 2012 Vina 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 Lopez 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." - 93 Points, The Wine Advocate