Rioja with beautifully dosed oak maturation.
Full red color, delicious with fragrance with ripe red fruit, herbs and creamy oak. The flavor sets in smoothly and develops a nice, full flavor structure with a lot of aromatic length.
Rafael Vivanco is mentioned by the English wine writer Tim Atkin MW as one of the ten best modern winemakers in the Rioja. His wines are flawless, have ripe fruit notes and Rafael is reticent about the use of toasted new oak. Rafael learned his modern way of wine making in Bordeaux, where he studied oenology and gained practical experience. The crianza is a good example of good winemaking as we like to see it. The Tempranillo grapes are picked late, only in October, by hand from plots of vineyard in the Rioja Alta, in the village of Briones. After the alcoholic fermentation, lactic acid fermentation follows in oak casks followed by a maturation of about 16 months. All treatments in the basement, such as the traditional crossing from cask to cask, is done without pumps and with the help of gravity. Rafael does everything to make refined wines with complexity. You can taste that in this beautiful crianza.