López de Heredia 'Cubillo' Crianza, Rioja, Spain 2013
Information from López de Heredia's Website:
Viña Cubillas has an altitude of 410 m, and the vines have an average age of 40 years. The soil is from the terciary age and is a mixture of clay and limestone. Viña Cubillas covers 24 ha, of which 16 ha are under Tempranillo, 4 ha Garnacha, 2 ha Mazuelo and 2 ha Graciano. With parcels called "La Encina" and "La Monja", Viña Cubillas is a vineyard that produces exceptional wines sold as Crianza. These wines could be easily be marketed as Gran Reservas due to the exceptional combination of soil, aspect and vines.
All of the wine undergo extensive aging in used American oak. This is the most recent release of their Crianza.
Pairing: Braised lamb or beef
Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazuelo.
Soil: clay and limestone.
Farming Practices: Organic