2001 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Cubillo" Crianza, Rioja

SKU #1033809

90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "A delicate play on the vintage, this wine shows a lot of oak, with lean cherry and light florals persistent in the finish. A gentle Rioja with a touch of oxidation. For roast lamb." (10/07)

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 By: CH |  Review Date: 5/7/2010 
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Classic flavors of cedar, leather etc. Perfect with ham and other salty meaty foods. This is not fruity globby stuff, but classic food fare with good acidity, herbs and spice. Enjoy some old school crianza instead of the fake fruit stuff.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penčdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Rioja