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Viña Cubillo 2016

Viña Cubillo

A small yet great classic


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production99,000 bottles

The wine

Viña Cubillo is the shortest aged red wine from Viña Tondonia. Created for a more immediate enjoyment and more versatile on the dining table.

What does this wine taste like?

Aromas delight the nose with sensations of purity, fine leather and winemaking traditions. Aromas which tell you immediately which winery a wine is from, a habitual character of Viña Tondonia wines. Red tile-coloured tones around the rim indicate a well-evolved wine. Flavours and aromas of damp undergrowth, dew-covered fallen leaves, cocoa, cherries in liqueur, liquorice... the list is endless.  

Ruby red / Bright
Fresh / Plums / Black pepper / Sweet spices / Eucalyptus / Liquorice
Fine / Fresh / Persistent

Drinking and storing

Although it is the younger sibling among the firm's red wines, it deserves to be treated as the great wine it is. For this reason, we recommend decanting briefly before drinking. It is best served around 18ºC in a wide-bowl wine glass with a narrow opening 

It can be laid down for at least a decade without losing any of its qualities.


Food pairing

Viña Cubillo pairs wonderfully with a dish of stewed kidney beans, vegetables and pork, especially on a cold autumn or winter day.

Stews and casseroles
Poultry and white meats

Vegetables / Small game / Wild mushrooms

Ratings and awards

201694 PK
201593 PK
201492 PK94 SK
201392+ PK93 SK
201293 PK95 SK
201192 PK95 SK
PK: ParkerSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

2013 was a very tough vintage when they had to discard up to 100,000 kilograms of grapes and production of most of the wines was lower; it's also the year when their father died, and they were very encouraged to make very good wines. The 2013 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza is the entry-level red from that year, the cooler of the shortlist of 2013, 2014 and 2015 I tasted next to each other. The wine is more austere even within the style they say is their wine for the by-the-glass market. It's classical and developed with a polished palate after three years in barrel. It overdelivers for the conditions of the year. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2013 - 92+ PARKER

Pale ruby with black tinges. Robust and far from sophisticated but it’s straightforward rough-edged rioja that is still going strong at nine years old. Briary finish.

— Jancis Robinson (18/03/2015) Vintage 2006 - 16 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

92 reviews


Viña Cubillo is aged for 3 years in pre-used American oak barrels and decanted twice a year. Egg yolks are used to clarify the wine following traditional winemaking methods. 

Ageing period36 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodAmerican oak
Clarification and filtrationUnfiltered


Viña Cubillas

The vineyard which lends its name to the Viña Cubillo wine is located in Rioja Alta and makes the most of the Atlantic-influenced microclimate. Different varieties are planted in the necessary proportions to ensure that the quality and balance of the resulting wine expresses the character of the terroir.

Vine age40 years

The winery

Bodegas R. López de Heredia

Bodegas R. López de Heredia

R. López de Heredia (Viña Tondonia) is one of the names which inspires most respect and admiration with regard to wineries producing "fine wine". It is, moreover, the oldest winery in the emblematic town of Haro and one of the first three set up in La Rioja.