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López Cristóbal Crianza

López Cristóbal Crianza
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López Cristóbal Crianza
Red wine Aged in wood. 12 months in bottle and 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
Variety: Merlot,  Tinta del Pais
Designation of Origin: D.O. Ribera del Duero
Production area: Castilla y León
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Red wine Aged in wood. 12 months in bottle and 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
Variety: Merlot,  Tinta del Pais
D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of López Cristóbal Crianza

López Cristobal Crianza is a red wine from the D.O. Ribera del Duero made by the López Cristobal winery. It is a single variety Tinta del País to which a little Merlot is also added.

The estate from which the wine comes from, named La Colorada, is located at an altitude of 790 metres. The vineyard is around 30 years old, and grows on limestone soil. After the harvest, which is carried out manually and in little fruit crates to transport the berries, the harvested grapes pass over a selection table. 

After undergoing the different production processes, including alcoholic fermentation at a constant temperature of 28ºC, López Cristobal Crianza ages for 12 months in French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels. Before being sold, this wine rests in the bottle for another year.
Serve at 17.0ºC
Contains sulphites
Pairing
Poultry, Rice with meat, Roasts, Grilled red meats

Tasting notes López Cristóbal Crianza

After a dry winter, spring came loaded with rain. Thankfully, this water was stored, since it was much needed during the extremely dry summer. The low temperatures during spring delayed the sprouting of the vines, which led the growth cycle to start with delay. However, this delay was offset thanks to the high temperatures recorded in July and August, to the point of delaying ripening in those younger vineyards. The 2016 vintage beat the production record of the 2014 vintage. And not only in production, but also in quality due to the excellent weather conditions and the excellent health of the vineyards. The wines from this vintage offer a lot of volume, with a good capacity to face the passing of time, with roundness and spectacular tannins. A harvest reminiscent of those of the late 80s and early 90s.
The 2015 vintage started with a winter that had good groundwater reserves. The spring was warm and dry until well into the month of June, when there were intense rainfall at the beginning of the blooming. A summer with some well spread out storms gave way to a very dry autumn. The harvest was slightly ahead of the usual dates, but the analytical and organoleptic features, and the balance of the berries, were ideal. Thus enabled the harvest to take place at the optimal ripening time. The wines from this vintage, which was classified as excellent, have a good colour intensity, significant fruity notes on the nose and a high tannic potential in the mouth, with sweet tannins that indicate the good phenolic ripening of the berries. A vintage reminiscent of the exceptional 2005 vintage.
After the withering in a mild winter, the warm start of spring brought sprouting forward by almost 10 days. The summer, which was quite cool and dry, enabled the good evolution of the growth cycle and a balanced ripening. This was a vintage without setbacks. Worth mentioning is the high production of this vintage due to good climatic behaviour during the harvest. The wines from this vintage have great colour intensity, and a high fruity expression on the nose and in the mouth. Their balance and tannic potential stand out; these features show us the great potential to produce great wines for ageing, and for lighter and fruitier productions.
This was a complicated year. Although the sprouting of the vines was slightly early, the low temperatures recorded during the spring delayed the growth cycle, which no longer recovered in the summer, despite having a warm month of July. The harvest was carried out at a fast pace, and with the extra effort of the viticulturers, who discarded the fruit that did not meet the optimal conditions. This way, they made sure that they avoided the probable effect of the botrytis attacks due to the rains they had around this time. The wines from this vintage, rated as a good one, offer good colour intensity, great fruit expression and a lot of freshness.

Ratings

  • Parker 88
  • Peñin 92
  • Peñin 91

Prizes

Gran Bacchus de Oro

Ratings for the vintages from D.O. Ribera del Duero

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Excellent
2014 Very good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Excellent
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Good
2005 Very good
2004 Excellent
2003 Very good
2002 Very good
2001 Very good
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    18/04/20 López Cristóbal Crianza 2016 My wife's favourite tipple. It acts as the House Wine at the Marbella Club in Marbella,
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