Vivanco Rioja Crianza magnum 2016
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|Ripe red fruit, refined spiciness and soft tannins|
|Delicious with lamb or just outside the meal|
|Now drank beautifully|
Tempranillo Crianza Magnum
Rioja Alta Crianza
This sophisticated Crianza is a fine example of contemporary Rioja. So certainly not a traditional wine, often matured too long in old oak casks, with a somewhat stripped-down, dry taste structure. The tempranillo grapes are picked late - only in October - and come from our own vineyards in Rioja Alta.
After the alcoholic fermentation, the lactic acid fermentation follows in oak casks, in which the wine is then aged for about sixteen months. All treatments in the basement, such as the traditional transfer from cask to cask, take place without pumps and with the help of gravity.
Although this is an expensive and time-consuming way of working, it results in an extremely refined wine with a pure aroma and taste. One of the tastiest Crianza's we know.
Vivanco: top producer of refined Rioja with French influences
English wine writer Tim Atkin places Rafael Vivanco high in the top 10 of modern winemakers in Rioja. Rafael, one of the two sons of founder Pedro Vivanco, is reluctant to use new oak and seeks vineyard and grape expression.
It harvests when the skin is perfectly ripe and thus contains silky tannins. Rafael learned the modern way of making wine in Bordeaux, where he studied oenology and gained practical experience. He applies that knowledge in his new bodega, where he makes beautiful wines using a sophisticated mix of classic and modern techniques.
The Wine Advocate - October 2020: 89/100 points | It's very drinkable
The clean and balanced 2017 Crianza was produced with a blend of Tempranillo with 3% Graciano and 2% Maturana Tinta fermented in oak vats and matured in barrique for 16 months. It has 13.5% alcohol, a medium body and a soft texture with fine tannins and balancing acidity. It has a serious and harmonious nose with a mix of spice and berry fruit. It's very drinkable.
Decanter - March 2020: 91/100 points | Full, generous, persistent and defined
Packed with sweet red berry fruit, plums and vanilla spice with an underlying saltiness. Full, generous, persistent and defined.
Guía Peñín 2020: 91/100 points
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