La Rioja Alta

R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

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

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@Severn Goodwin So good!! 👌👌👌👌👌 Great pick.
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Sounds delicious! Nice picture too


@Sharon B Thank you so much!! 😍😍 It was gulpably delicious.

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Parker 92 review as follows

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— 10 days ago

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Jody Scharf

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Love value wines Paul thank you
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650K bottles!!!
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Yeah, you better hurry! Almost sold out.

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— 22 days ago

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Ken Z

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Better integrated than last time I tasted, this was pop and pur ready after a bit of aeration

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3/21/9/5/3 +50 = 91 pts.
— 22 days ago

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