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Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Seleccion de Familia Crianza 2012

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James Suckling 90 Points
A fresh nose of currants, black cherries and plums. Some cedary notes, too. Full body, concentrated, polished and juicy tannins a long, fresh and blood-orange-like finish. Drink now.

Previous Reviews
2010 Vintage
Wine Spectator 90 Points
($21) This plush red shows 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.

2009 Vintage
Wine & Spirits Magazine 91 Points
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.

2008 Vintage
Wine Spectator 90 Points
Top 100: 2011, Rank: 59
Velvety and voluptuous, this generous red delivers plum, blackberry, chocolate and toast flavors, with broad, soft tannins and just enough acidity to stay lively. The finish is graceful. Drink now through 2016.

Wine Advocate 90 Points
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.

Tasting Notes
The bouquet consists of mature red berries, with hints of smoke, vanilla, and spice. Well-structured in the mouth, this Crianza is expressive and meaty and possesses a good balance of red fruit and toasted flavors. The tannins are mature and lead to an elegant, long finish. While this wine can be enjoyed now, it will also keep for 5-10 years. Made with 100% Tempranillo.

Winemaker Notes
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 Winery
Located in Briones, La Rioja in northern Spain, the Vivanco winery, museum, and foundation is a triumvirate of wine resources built according to the vision of the Vivanco family to “give back to wine what wine has given us.” Third generation Pedro Vivanco is credited with expanding the family business from wine merchant to winery, earning a degree in enology to become one of Spain’s first certified winemakers . Today, he is joined by his sons, with Rafael serving as winemaker and Santiago overseeing the museum and foundation.

Vivanco is dedicated to producing wines using only native grapes vinified using traditional techniques. Through extensive research and experimentation, Rafael has revived nearly extinct varietals and traditional wines that accurately reflect La Rioja’s history of winemaking.

Vivanco selects only the top 20-30% of the annual harvest exclusively cultivated by hand from their 440 hectares of estate-owned vineyards for their annual bottlings. Their holdings are located throughout Rioja Alta, thus the soils vary from ferrous clay to marl. Their portfolio of iconic wines, each with a distinct personality that reflects the land, is renowned for quality, boasting a “Top 100? accolade from Wine Spectator.

The estate is impressive showcasing both the original building and the modern facility. The new, state-of-the-art winery boasts a naturally temperature-controlled underground cellar that houses 3500 barrels. Atop sits the museum, educational center, tasting room, and restaurant frequented by thousands of visitors throughout the year.

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