Rioja Reserva

VARIETALS

10% Graciano

90% Tempranillo

APPELLATION

Rioja, Spain

 

Rioja Reserva

Aromas of mature black and red fruit fill the nose, with hints of cinnamon and sage lending a pleasant spiciness and herbaceous quality to the bouquet. This is a complex wine with lush, velvety tannins and create a long finish. This age-worthy Reserva is vinified in large French oak vats, then aged in new and second-use French and American oak barrels for 24 months, plus an additional 24 months in bottle. Approachable now, yet will continue to develop for years to come. Decant before serving. Vivanco Reserva’s intensity is a great match for hearty stews, roasted red meats, or even, dark chocolate.

Juan Gris’ Still Life graces the label. Many of Gris’ paintings are linked to wine, but this particular piece is on display at the Vivanco Museum. The complexity and elegance of this work remind of the winery’s Reserva.

 

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2011

JamesSuckling.com - 92 pts

A very elegant Rioja that is fragrant and delicate. Black fruit and a hint of chocolate are wrapped around almost silky tannins that extend though the long finish. Delicious now.

J. Suckling, July 2017

JamesSuckling.com - 89 pts

Dominant aromas of cedar on the nose with some strawberry sorbet and currant character. Full body, soft tannins and a medium, fresh finish reminiscent of blood oranges.

James Suckling, December 2016

Wine Spectator - 92 pts

“This red shows density and balance. The plum, currant, espresso and loamy earth flavors are reserved, but remain harmonious though the spicy, floral finish.”

T. Matthews, September 2017

2010

Vinous - 90 pts

Bright ruby. Aromas of cherry, redcurrant and vanilla, with a spicy nuance that builds in the glass. Supple and seamless on the palate, offering sweet red fruit flavors that deepen and pick up a smoky quality on the back half. Clings with very good tenacity on the subtly tannic finish, with the spice and vanilla notes echoing.

J. Raynolds, November 2015

Wine Advocate - 92 pts

Even better, more balanced, classical and elegant was the 2010 Reserva, with good balance between fruit freshness and élevage notes. It’s mostly Tempranillo with 10% Graciano matured in barrel for two years. There are notes of incense and cigar ash, baking spices and ripe berries. The palate is medium to full-bodied with sleek tannins and a silky texture. It has very good freshness and balance. Superb Reserva at a very sensible price.

L. Gutierrez, August 2016

Wine Spectator - 92 pts

This dense red delivers a mouthful of flavor, with rich notes of plum pudding, baking spices, coffee, and toasty vanilla. The full, plush texture is supported by well-integrated tannins and just enough acidity to stay fresh. A modern style. Drink now through 2022.

T. Matthews, July 2015

2009

Wine Advocate - 90 pts

A clear step up in freshness and balance…, shows some flower aromas and ripe red and blue fruit fused with spicy aromas from the élevage. The palate is very harmonious with fully resolved tannins and good acidity resulting in a pleasant and tasty finish.

L. Gutierrez, April 2015

2008

JamesSuckling.com - 93 pts

Aromas of orange peel, plum, and wet earth. Yet clean and fresh. Full body, solid core of fruit and a long and focused finish… Very well integrated. Serious red here. Drink or hold.

J. Suckling, July 2015

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

Plump and polished, this red delivers ripe plum and currant flavors, with coffee, smoke and mineral notes that add a savory character. Well-integrated tannins impart structure. Solid and harmonious. Drink now through 2018.

T. Matthews, January 31, 2015

2007

Decanter - Bronze, 2013 Wine Awards

May 2013

I-winereview.com - 90 pts

Displays dark red fruit notes with fresh, toasted oak on the nose with a trace of coconut. On the palate, it is silky smooth with a lovely texture and prominent sweet oak overlaying dark, red fruit. It has sweet, firm, ripe tannins and finishes long and flavorful.

M. Potashnik and D. Winkler, August 2014

Wine & Spirits - 91 pts

A blue-fruited tempranillo, this wine has held its freshness as it matured into earthy richness. It’s lush and delicious with black cherry flavor and those exotic, blue fruit notes, gentle and soft with the sweetness of candied almonds to contrast its tannic savor. Ready to drink.

J. Greene, December 2013

Wine Advocate - 89 pts

The 2007 Reserva is blends of 90% Tempranillo with 10% Graciano, which fermented in small oak vats for 20 days with remontage and then aged for two years in new and second-fill oak barrels. It has a bright nose of red and black fruit, with a slight herbaceous hint. The palate is supple, with good acidity and a pleasant, slightly bitter finish, quite polished with a hint of alcohol, ready to drink. Drink 2014-2017.

L. Gutierrez, December 2013

Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts

Brandied cherry and cassis aromas are candied and gritty, but get better with airing. The wine is full in body and endowed with just enough acidity. Flavors of baked berry are earthy at the core, with accents of chocolate and herbs. A mellow, not overpowering finish is dry and slightly complex. Drink through 2017.

M. Schachner, July 2014

2005

Wine & Spirits - 89 pts - Best Buy - Year's Best

Simple and lush, this wine is bright and juicy up front, then lighter in the finish, with wood tannins and tree-ear mushroom scents. It’s a warm and earthy red for setas.

J. Greene, December 2011

Wine Advocate - 91 pts

The 2005 Dinastia Vivanco Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged in 50% new French and American oak for 24 months. Pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, incense, lavender, and blackberry aromas are followed by a savory, incipiently complex, structured Reserva made in a traditional Rioja style. Give it 1-2 years of additional cellaring and drink it through 2020, perhaps longer.

J. Miller, June 2010

Wine Spectator - 87 pts

This nicely focused, medium-bodied red offers cherry, leaf, tobacco and spice flavors over light, firm tannins. Still fresh, with floral and spice notes on the finish. Drink now through 2014.

T. Matthews, Web Only 2012

2004

Wine & Spirits - 92 pts

The fragrant red fruit of this wine still has verve, while age has polished the tannins to a gentle softness. It’s mature and ready to drink, with subtle jasmine and rose notes lasting in the finish. Delicious with beef brisket.

J. Greene, December 2010

Wine Advocate - 89 pts

The 2004 Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha aged in barrel for 24 months. Dark purple-colored, it displays aromas of cinnamon, sage, underbrush, mineral, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it has good depth, ripe flavors, and tannin in the finish. Give it several years to fully blossom at which point it would merit an outstanding rating.

J. Miller, June 2010