2010 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Tinto Crianza (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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Readers of these pages are keenly aware of my decades-long relationship with Bodegas Lopez de Heredia. My most recent trip to Haro, in the northwest of La Rioja was mesmerizing; unforgettable ancient buildings adjacent to a stunning display of modern architecture designed by Zaha Hadid; a pavilion standing as a philosophy of integration that must be witnessed to be believed. Since 1877, the Lopez de Heredia family has done one thing with fanatical zeal: produce authentic Rioja that lasts, mythically long-lived and released after decades, only when wine and winemaker determine the perfect moment. This dedication and zeal cannot be overstated; there are no other producers quite like them. Crianza selections released with years of age, Reserva bottlings held for a dozen years, Gran Reservas resting for what must seem like an eternity for their fans. Cubillo is Heredia's late release Crianza where in great vintages (2010) affords a serious bargain that captures the essence of great Rioja.


Cubillo is a very focused and quite crisp style of red that has spent three years in barrique and then in larger cask to wait for bottling, which happens two years before the expected release. The richness and depth of complex dried wood and spice here is seamlessly sewn into the dried red and dark cherries. The palate is pinned around a fresh-blackberry core that marries still sweet fruit to more savory style. Long and balanced. The tannins are fine yet assertive. It freshens into the finish nicely. Drink or hold.

95 points, James Suckling (Jul 2019)

The 2010 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza is superb and shows great depth and nuance, with great freshness, and the red cherries are complemented by notes of blood oranges, nutmeg and other spices. It has a soft and harmonious palate, with great balance and very good freshness. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2017.

93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
6 bottles in stock. Ships in 1 to 2 business days.

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