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López de Heredia "Viña Cubillo" Rioja Crianza '10

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López de Heredia "Viña Cubillo" Rioja Crianza '10

Sisters María José and Mercedes Lopez de Heredia make wine the old-fashioned way. Most of the equipment in their cellar hasn't changed since their great-grandfather Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta founded the estate over 140 years ago (sometimes literally). They farm all of their own fruit from four single sites (each bottled separately) around Haro, a rarity in contemporary Rioja. The wines are fermented in giant, old, oak vats, with nothing added or adjusted, then they rest in barrels made by their on-premise cooperage in their enormous cellars until bottling, and then aged in bottle after that.

The shear enormity of what they do is amazing, and the fact that the goal of all this effort is quality, above and beyond anything else, makes López de Heredia a rarity in the world at large, not just wine.

"Viña Cubillo" comes from 40 year old vineyard called Viña Cubillas, two and a half miles from the bodega. Cubillo is only bottled as Crianza - the youngest of the three age statements at the estate, although it exceeds technical Crianza requirements according to the Rioja DOCa. If you add all this up; single vineyard, old vines, meticulous winemaking, three years in barrel, an additional 6 in bottle, it's hard to find a better deal for traditional red wine.

The bright red fruit flavors (thanks to a healthy amount of Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano in the blend) make this wine both versatile with the food on the table and accessible to every around it.

Perman

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Details

Producer López de Heredia
Vintage 2010
Format 750ml

Acidity

4 / 5

Tannin

4 / 5

Body

4 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

4 / 5

Funky

2 / 5

In-Store Pickup

To pick up your order, visit us at our Near North location. Due to our limited storage space, orders can only be held in the store for up to 30 days after purchase. If items are not picked up after 30 days, a $10 monthly item storage fee will be charged. Any orders of 2 cases or more will be charged per case. 

Near North

Mon–Fri Noon–8 / Sat 11–7
Closed on Sunday

1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312.255.8990
orders@permanwine.com

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