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2008 Lopez de Heredia

Vina Cubillo Crianza



The first of the reds here is the 2008 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza from a cooler vintage that produced some austere and serious wines--a year with higher acidity and lively fruit. It feels effervescent and it makes you salivate. This is usually a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from 50-year-old vines that ferments in ancient oak vats, and ages in barrel for three years. This cuvée has increased its quality tremendously since the 1990s. These cooler years provide citric freshness, and a very fine texture and vibrant acidity. This is so easy to drink that it can be dangerous.This was the Rioja clarete fino--the everyday red. It's both elegant and powerful. Very good value, too. 99,000 bottles produced. ~ Luis Gutierrez for Robert Parker  92

Item: Wine-269518
Year: 2008
Producer: Lopez de Heredia
Designation: Vina Cubillo Crianza
Varietal: Tempranillo
Region: Rioja, Spain
Wine Advocate: 92