Vivanco Rioja Blanco

Vivanco

VARIETALS

15% Maturana Blanca

35% Tempranillo Blanco

50% Viura

APPELLATION

Rioja, Spain

 

Vivanco Rioja Blanco

Vivanco is pioneering the use of Tempranillo Blanco, a natural mutation of the popular red varietal exclusive to Rioja grown in limited quantities. They have also recently cultivated the rare Maturana Blanca grape, owning 9 of the 15 hectares grown anywhere in the world. Blended also with the native Viura, this white is fresh with crisp aromas of green apple and peach backed by subtle hints of grass. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors flood the palate. Vinified entirely in stainless steel, enjoy this well-balanced wine while young.

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2017

Ultimate Wine Challenge - 92 pts

Expressive aromas of lemongrass, oregano and fresh lemon zest are effortlessly refreshing. A strong mineral core with high toned citrus, and white fruits like granny smith apple flesh and jicama strike a balance of earthy and fruity.

2016

Wine Spectator - 88

Bright and lively, this white offers peach and citrus flavors, with hints of spice and vanilla. Focused, clean and refreshing. Viura, Tempranillo Blanco and Maturana Blanca.

T. Matthews, July 2017

2015

Wine & Spirits - 90 pts

“… It’s a complex and spicy white, with notes of Marcona almonds at its base and higher tones of lemongrass, apple and nectarine above. The intriguing spiciness of the fruit will match prawns or langoustines.”

2014

JamesSuckling.com - 92 pts

Aromas of limes, lemons and stones. Full body, bright acidity and lots of salt and white pepper at the finish. A lively white… Drink now.

J. Suckling, July 2015

Vinous - 87 pts

Bright, green-tinged yellow. Exotic aromas of white peach, mango and Meyer lemon, with a floral nuance in the background. Tangy and taut on the palate, offering slow-to-unfold flavors of bitter citrus zest and peach pit.

J. Raynolds, November 2015

Wine Enthusiast - 84 pts

A light tan color and dusty sweaty aromas of apricot, matchstick and onion set up a clampy, pithy, citrusy palate. Flavors of nectarine and orange are mild, low on stuffing and grabby on the finish.

M. Schachner, February 2016

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

Smoke and blanched almond notes give this rich white a savory edge, with firm acidity framing the core of dried apple and herb flavors. A bold wine, with a traditional character. Drink now through 2024.

T. Matthews, June 2015

2012

I-winereview.com - 90 pts

This wine impresses with its minerality, focus, and freshness. Excellent value, too!

M. Potashnik and D. Winkler, August 2014

Wine & Spirits - 90 pts

Quince and green pear flavors fill out this wine’s golden velvet nap, while dusty acidity keeps those rich flavors dry. A simple white, finely balanced, ready to serve with roast hake.

J. Greene, Web Only 12/2013

2011

Wine & Spirits - 88 pts - Best Buy - Year's Best

Floral notes of lemon blossom add to the intriguing mix of aromas in this fresh white blend. The fruit has an earthy persistence and the wine should develop more complexity over the next year in bottle.

J. Greene, December 2012

2010

Wine Advocate - 88 pts

The 2010 Blanco is a blend of 70% Viura, 20% Malvasia and 10% Tempranillo Blanco. Fragrant mineral, melon, and floral aromas inform the nose of this crisp, dry, food-friendly white. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.

J. Miller, June 2011

Wine Spectator - 88 pts

This light, crisp and flinty white delivers herbal and mineral notes powered by sharp acidity. This had good intensity and a sunny, lemony finish. Drink now through 2014.

T. Matthews, November 2011

2009

Wine Advocate - 87 pts

The 2009 Viura-Malvasia offers up aromas of minerals and lemon-lime. Smooth-textured and vibrant on the palate, it has plenty of flavor, good balance, and a medium-long finish. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.

J. Miller, June 2010