R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.177 ratings
9.08 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
Top Notes For
Will Stanley

In many ways a baby Tondonia, this ‘Crianza’* from López de Heredia is a great entry point to the wines of one of Rioja’s oldest wineries, and in many ways mimics the styles of its more upmarket reds. Not dissimilar in style to Viña Tondonia, this medium-bodied red cuts a leaner profile with dried red fruit, bags of vanilla and characteristically fierce orange zest acidity. The aroma is intoxicating and packs the leathery, savoury punch that is the hallmark of classical Rioja. It lacks the purity and depth of fruit of its bigger brother, and finishes slightly shorter, but for the price (£17/btl) it’s an exceptional - and of course traditional - Rioja that any lover of the region should seek out, and one which should provide ample enjoyment over the coming decade or more.

*this wine spent enough time in barrel and bottle to easily qualify for Gran Reserva status, but of López de Heredia’s wines it is always the ‘youngest’.

In many ways a baby Tondonia, this ‘Crianza’* from López de Heredia is a great entry point to the wines of one of Rioja’s oldest wineries, and in many ways mimics the styles of its more upmarket reds. Not dissimilar in style to Viña Tondonia, this medium-bodied red cuts a leaner profile with dried red fruit, bags of vanilla and characteristically fierce orange zest acidity. The aroma is intoxicating and packs the leathery, savoury punch that is the hallmark of classical Rioja. It lacks the purity and depth of fruit of its bigger brother, and finishes slightly shorter, but for the price (£17/btl) it’s an exceptional - and of course traditional - Rioja that any lover of the region should seek out, and one which should provide ample enjoyment over the coming decade or more.

*this wine spent enough time in barrel and bottle to easily qualify for Gran Reserva status, but of López de Heredia’s wines it is always the ‘youngest’.

May 19th, 2020
Andrew Lohse

Red cherry, red plum / American oak for days—coconut, dill, vanilla / slightly dried quality on the fruit. Delicious.

Red cherry, red plum / American oak for days—coconut, dill, vanilla / slightly dried quality on the fruit. Delicious.

Dec 22nd, 2019
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

8.6

Raging American oak. Cherries Astringent. Good intensity.

Raging American oak. Cherries Astringent. Good intensity.

Nov 16th, 2019
Chris McClellan

Wow...

Wow...

Jun 15th, 2019
Jae Cho

It’s miraculously the best on day 3. Bodes well for more aging. It really is more a reserva than crianza.

It’s miraculously the best on day 3. Bodes well for more aging. It really is more a reserva than crianza.

1 person found it helpfulJul 18th, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2010 ‘Vina Cubillo’ Crianza Rioja is a compelling blend of 65% Tempranillo, and 25% Garnacho, with equal parts Mazuelo and Graciano. This single vineyard Rioja opens with an intense bouquet of sandalwood with pipe tobacco, leather and red fruits that align with the citrus zest and peat moss undertones. The palate revels in its silky texture and soft mouthfeel. Generous red fruits dance with exotic spices, and shades of orange infused black truffle on this exotic palate. Marvelous now at the nine year mark, the 2010 ‘Vina Cubillo’ will cellar well for at least another decade. Drink 2019-2029- 92

The 2010 ‘Vina Cubillo’ Crianza Rioja is a compelling blend of 65% Tempranillo, and 25% Garnacho, with equal parts Mazuelo and Graciano. This single vineyard Rioja opens with an intense bouquet of sandalwood with pipe tobacco, leather and red fruits that align with the citrus zest and peat moss undertones. The palate revels in its silky texture and soft mouthfeel. Generous red fruits dance with exotic spices, and shades of orange infused black truffle on this exotic palate. Marvelous now at the nine year mark, the 2010 ‘Vina Cubillo’ will cellar well for at least another decade. Drink 2019-2029- 92

1 person found it helpfulJul 6th, 2019
Anthony Lombardi

Decant this. Tobacco leaves & bing cherries with spicy oak. The oak recedes with time in the decanter and the wine feels more complete. Woody tannins add complexity & texture to the finish. Love this and it stands way out in the Crianza category.

Decant this. Tobacco leaves & bing cherries with spicy oak. The oak recedes with time in the decanter and the wine feels more complete. Woody tannins add complexity & texture to the finish. Love this and it stands way out in the Crianza category.

May 29th, 2020
Jorge Pazos

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Apr 30th, 2020
Jason Gelman

10 year old Crianza Lopez De Heredia for under $30 bucks. felt this bottle was slightly off for me, couldn’t tell if it was the oak, off balance tannin, or something else that made it taste harsh and heavy but not quite as integrated as i would have expected at this point. unsure when the sweet spot would be for a Crianza level with less time in barrel than Reserva / Gran Reserva but perhaps this one needed a few more years to integrate and smooth out.

10 year old Crianza Lopez De Heredia for under $30 bucks. felt this bottle was slightly off for me, couldn’t tell if it was the oak, off balance tannin, or something else that made it taste harsh and heavy but not quite as integrated as i would have expected at this point. unsure when the sweet spot would be for a Crianza level with less time in barrel than Reserva / Gran Reserva but perhaps this one needed a few more years to integrate and smooth out.

Apr 22nd, 2020
Matt Sharp

2010 is as good as previous vintages. Should have given a little more time to open up. But still delish. A go-to always

2010 is as good as previous vintages. Should have given a little more time to open up. But still delish. A go-to always

Apr 21st, 2020