BREAKING NEWS 3/31/10: Cubillo 2003 is the No.1 pick of the NY Times’ tasting panel. Read the full article here.
Cubillo Crianza is aged for 3 years in large, ancient American oak casks, followed by another 2-3 years in bottle, which is longer than most Rioja Reservas. So what does it taste like?
High-pitched sour red cherry, cardamon and white pepper over silky, melting tannins. Lots of baby fat. Melts in your mouth. Quiet intensity.
“Perhaps no winery in the world guards its traditions as proudly and steadfastly as López de Heredia does, especially in a region like Rioja, which has been swept by profound changes in the last 25 years. And yet, as fusty and as backward-looking as López de Heredia may seem, it is paradoxically a winery in the vanguard, its viticulture and winemaking a shining, visionary example for young, forward-thinking producers all over the world.” Eric Asimov, The New York Times, August 12th 2009
“($29; 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.” 90 points; Josh Raynolds; Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 09