Lopez de Heredia is one of the most traditional bodegas in Rioja. Aged in cask for less time than the iconic Vina Tondonia and Vina Bosconia, this "crianza" wine is ready to drink earlier than the other Lopez de heredia wines. Taut tannins, bright fruit and an old-school dusty finish is what Cubillo is all about.
"The first of the reds here is the 2008 Vina Cubillo Tinto Crianza from a cooler vintage that produced some austere and serious wines--a year with higher acidity and lively fruit. It feels effervescent and it makes you salivate. This is usually a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from 50-year-old vines that ferments in ancient oak vats, and ages in barrel for three years. This cuvee has increased its quality tremendously since the 1990s. These cooler years provide citric freshness, and a very fine texture and vibrant acidity. This is so easy to drink that it can be dangerous.This was the Rioja clarete fino--the everyday red. It's both elegant and powerful. Very good value, too. 99,000 bottles produced." - Luis Gutierrez