2009 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Tinto Crianza, Rioja (750ml)

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# ESLHCB09BE
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Review Score: 93JS, 92WA
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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Considering that this is the producer’s simplest red, it has an astonishing stature and sophistication. Nuances of tobacco and soy sauce as well as ripe plums and a great balance of fruit and precisely crafted dry tannins and a firm, but polished finish. Drink or hold.

93 points, James Suckling (Aug 2018)

The red they say was born to go with tapas and sold in local restaurants is the 2009 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza. 2009 was a warm and ripe year, and this blend of Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (or the masculine Garnacho they like to use) plus 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo from limestone soils with quite a lot of clay, feels juicy and soft. It fermented with natural yeasts in large oak vats and matured in used barriques for three years. This is a bottling that has grown and improved a lot since 2004-2005. It shows very good balance between fruit and more developed aromas, with hints of leather and cherries, spices and smoke, very clean and with good volume in the palate. It's usually a little riper and with higher alcohol than Tondonia or Bosconia, with the character, finesse and elegance of a classical Reserva. 93,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2013.

92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 235 - Feb 2018)