Lopez de Heredia : Vina Cubillo Crianza 2008
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Lopez de Heredia : Vina Cubillo Crianza 2008

This wine blends Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano and is aged in oak for 3 years. This unfiltered wine has considerable weight both in the glass and on the palate. A deep ruby color with orange highlights, the wine delivers a persistent nose with plenty of ripe fruit. Round, fresh and gently lingering on the finish, the palate is characterized by cherry, with notes of vanilla and black pepper. This wine pairs beautifully with red meat, especially roasted game and lamb.

Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.
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