Vivanco Rioja Crianza

Vivanco

VARIETAL

100% Tempranillo

APPELLATION

Rioja, Spain

 

Vivanco Rioja Crianza

Vivanco Rioja Crianza is bursting with red berries. Mild hints of smoke, toasted vanilla, and spice balance the fruit. A well-structured, meaty wine with mature tannins, this is elegant through the long finish. Vinified in French oak vats and aged for 16 months in previously-used French and American oak barrels, this wine will continue to evolve over the next several years. An ideal and versatile pairing for a wide variety of Mediterranean cuisine.

The label depicts Joan Miro’s Le Troubadour painting, on display at the Vivanco Museum, that features a corkscrew. The bright brushstrokes convey the freshness of the wine.

The 2008 vintage was named a “Top 100” by Wine Spectator.

 

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2013

JamesSuckling.com - 90 pts

Very pretty fruit with crushed berry and hints of cram in the nose that follow though. Medium body, integrated and fresh. A lemony undertone. Drink Now.

J. Suckling, July 2017

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

The generous red fills the mouth with berry, cherry and fresh herb flavors, accented by tea, spice and vanilla hints Light tannins and orange peel acidity give this a gentle structure. Harmonious and graceful.

T. Matthews, July 2017

2012

JamesSuckling.com - 90 pts

A fresh nose of currants, black cherries and plums. Some cedary notes, too. Full body, concentrated, polished and juicy tannins a long, fresh and bloody-orange-like finish.

James Suckling, December 2016

Wine Advocate - 89 pts

The 2012 Crianza, pure Tempranillo, fermented in oak vats and matured in barrique for 16 months, feels unusually classic in its profile of aromas, nicely developed and with contained ripeness. The medium-bodied palate felt like a great improvement over the 2011 that I tasted last time, with fine tannins and very good balance.

L. Gutierrez, August 2016

2011

Wine Spectator

Black cherry, licorice and toast flavors mingle in this broad red. Light, firm tannins and moderate acidity impart structure, with a clean finish. Drink now through 2017.

T. Matthews, June 2015

2010

Wine Enthusiast - 88 pts

This is a fresh wine with tomatoey acidity. Flavors of baked berry, plum and raisin blend with herbal notes, while the finish is long and tastes of vanilla and spice.

M. Schachner, April 2015

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

This plush red delivers plum and blackberry flavors, ripe and sweet, with vanilla and toasty notes. The light, firm tannins and juicy acidity keep this lively. Fruit-forward yet balanced, in the modern style. Drink now through 2019.

T. Matthews, December 2014

2009

I-winereview.com - 88 pts

Sweet red Tempranillo fruit on the nose with traces of cinnamon and herbs. Quite concentrated and flavorful, albeit with pleasant and simple flavors.

M. Potashnik and D. Winkler, August 2014

Wine & Spirits - 91 pts

Soft and silken, this is a Burgundian style of Rioja, a rich, earthy wine with musky funk to its cherry flavors. There’s tension in the acidity, the wine lasting on a spicy, rooty finish. An old-fashioned Rioja for braised meats.

J. Greene, December 2013

Wine Advocate - 88 pts

The 2009 Crianza is pure Tempranillo from Briones grown on clay-rich soils and has the treatment of a superior wine. It ferments in oak vats and ages in a mixture of French and American oak barrels for 16 months with a further half year resting in bottle before being sold. It displays discrete aromas of red and black fruit, some leather, licorice, Chinese ink and smoke notes. The medium-bodied palate is clean, with fresh flavors of red currants and spices. Very drinkable. Drink 2014-2017.

L. Gutierrez, December 2013

Wine Enthusiast - 88 pts

Red berry aromas are earthy, herbal and tomatoey but not green. This feels fair and balanced, with tomato-like acids pushing flavors of red berries, plum and herbs. This finishes with traditional Rioja characteristics of herbs, spice and red fruits along with acidic scour.

M. Schachner, September 2014

Wine Spectator - 88 pts

This generous red offers ripe plum and chocolate flavors, with toast and tarry notes set on a plump frame. Delivers well-integrated tannins and a smoky finish. Drink now through 2017.

T. Matthews, Web Only 2014

2008

Wine Advocate - 90 pts

The 2008 Dinastia Vivanco Crianza is made from 100% Tempranillo and aged for 16 months in French and American oak. Balsam wood, tobacco, cinnamon, clove, violets, and black fruit aromas lead to a ripe, sweetly-fruited, nicely proportioned Crianza that is likely to blossom for another 1-2 years and drink well through 2020.

J. Miller, June 2011

Wine Spectator - 90 pts - Spectacular Selection: Smart Buy - #59 Top 100 of 2011 - Top 100 Outstanding Values of 2011

Velvety and voluptuous, this generous red delivers plum, blackberry, chocolate and toast flavors, with broad, soft tannins and just enough acidity to stay lively. This finish is graceful. Drink now through 2016.

 

T. Matthews, October 2011

2007

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 87 pts

Bright ruby-red. Cherry, raspberry and spicy oak aromas are complemented by pipe tobacco and rose. A sweet, sappy midweight that offers bright red berry flavors but betrays a slight dry edge in the mid-palate. Gently chewy tannins add grip to the brisk but somewhat hard-edged finish.

J. Raynolds, September 2010

Wine Advocate - 87 pts

The 2007 Crianza is 100% Tempranillo aged in barrel for 16 months. Medium purple in color, it offers up notes of spice box, cedar, cinnamon, fresh herbs, and black cherry. Savory on the palate with some elegance, it can be enjoyed over the next 6 years.

J. Miller, June 2010