R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia, Viña Cubillo Crianza 2012, DOCa Rioja, Spain

Vintage rated as very good by the DOC Rioja Board. The 2012 vintage was constrained by the scarce pluviometry, 25% lower than usual in the region. It was an especially dry year until well into the Fall. 35% of the total precipitation was concentrated in the last three months of the year. This low pluviometry and the spring and summer high temperatures, entailed a very important brought forward of the harvest, similar to the previous year. Although the rains that started the 11th of October meant that the harvest continued until the 18th of October, five days later than the 2011 harvest, however this is still an early date for what is usual in Haro. Harvest started on the 4th of October with the white varieties. These same conditions caused a significant reduction in the number and weight of the bunches and therefore, the final production of our cultivation was lower than expected in a normal year. This year quality of wines of our House, both whites and reds, was very good due to a magnificent healthy stage and a good balance between the alcohol content and the polyphenols. The wines continue to develop favorably in terms of freshness and fineness for its good aptitude to ageing in barrel and long age-worthy.