2003 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Cubillo" Crianza Rioja

SKU #1050103

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 09: "(65% tempranillo, 25% garnacha and 10% mazuelo and graciano) Light red color. Seductive aromas of red berries, cherry, Asian spices and smoky herbs. Fleshy and sweet, offering vivid red fruit flavors and slow-mounting ripeness. Leaves rich cherry and cola notes behind on the long, velvety finish. I'd drink this now for its seductively plush fruit."

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2009 | Send Email
Lopez de Heredia is without a doubt one of the most traditional wineries in the whole of Spain. It represents to me the very spirit of this fascinating country. THIS is Spanish wine! Call me a purist, old fashioned, and I'll just smile and reach for the nearest bottle of Lopez de Heredia. If you are interested in Spanish wines, I urge you to visit their website. It's very comprehensible and in English. The Cubillo is kind of the "entry level" for Lopez de Heredia, but far from being just a simple wine. This is very velvety, almost reminding me of a Burgundy, with dried cherries, currant sauce and an elegant touch of tabacco. I can imagine how delicious this wine would be with Roasted Pork with currants.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2009 | Send Email
This is a wonderful classic Rioja with spicy cherry fruit flavors, floral notes and a hint of dried herbs. It is subtle, balanced and extremely pretty.

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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 Penèdes 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