Tonight we opted for a wine from one of our favorite Rioja producers -- López de Heredia. 👌👌@lopezdeherediaoficial
This is the "Viña Cubillo" Crianza Rioja. Vintage 2012. ABV 13.5%. It hails from La Rioja Alta region within the Rioja DOCa region of Spain. It is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (Grenache), 5% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo. 🇪🇸
From the first sniff and sip, it’s no wonder this wine gets such great ratings. 👏👏👏It offers primary notes of ripe red fruit, such as cherry, red currant, fig, also dried rose, mint, and licorice; it offers secondary notes of cedar, nutmeg, vanilla, coconut, cardamom, and tertiary notes of mushroom and wet moss.😋😋
As a Crianza from Rioja, this wine must have aged a minimum of 2 years, one of which must be in oak barrels, prior to release. The time on oak is evident, but these influences don’t overpower the ripe red primary fruit character. The wine is lovely and ever-so-drinkable. 😍😍
Saludos! 🍷 — 14 days ago
Nearly 0 sediment! Nose of tart cherry, fresh tobacco, spring flower pollen in warm breeze. Palette is very frontal with striking acid that lingers through a long finish. Shows more tart fruit and other interest. Some have noted this needs more time and I tend to agree. — a month ago
Jus Out21 — a month ago
Tasted alongside the Tondonia, the 2007 Viña Bosconia has a near identical profile, and as such it’s very hard to differentiate between the two. After several hours’ air - this took far longer to open up than the Tondonia - it shows generous aromas of dried cherry, blackberry and a green herbal edge that wasn’t a feature of its sibling.
Hard to pick a winner now between the two, but I feel in ten years the Bosconia will have the edge. — 17 days ago
Villa Retiro, Menú Degustación, Fran López — a month ago
Ever the benchmark for Rioja, Viña Tondonia shows very well again in the 2007 vintage, if slightly less powerful, and impressive, than the 2006.
The nose is a gentle affair offering aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dry cherry and vanilla pod, and takes some coaxing from the glass. The palate is so splendidly traditional: saturated, slightly tart with its orange peel acidity and long through the finish with sweet flecks of vanilla. I think the 2006 will be longer lived, but this is drinking very well now with good ageing potential. — 17 days ago
Field blend from a 0.6 hectare plot, with a combination of red and white varieties (Mencía, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Grao Negro, Godello, Palomino). Vines are about 70 years old and rooted in granite soils at an elevation of 390m/1,200 ft. Biodynamic farming. Aged in French oak for 6 months. Dark ruby color. Lively, quite complex nose, aromas of red and dark fruit, mint, herbal notes. Slightly rustic. Fresh. Quite tannic. Good acidity. Lots of character — a month ago