Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Reserva 2010

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Located in Briones, La Rioja in northern Spain, the Vivanco winery is owned and managed by the Vivanco family. 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.

We fell in love with this 2010 Reserva...before we brought this bottling in, we had sold the 2010 Crianza and turned people onto the silky, pure, classic style of Vivanco. The Reserva is the deeper, fuller, more complex and alluring version of the Crianza made of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano. Look for aromas of mature black and red fruits, with hints of cinnamon, spices and sage. This is a complex wine with lush, velvety tannins and 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. 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.
 
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Brand Dinastia Vivanco
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorThis 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.

Thomas Matthews, July 31, 2015
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateEven 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. 182,000 bottles produced.

Luis Gutierrez, August 30, 2016
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastSpicy saucy red-berry aromas announce a flush palate that's more balanced than outright bullish. Flavors of wild berry, nutmeg, vanilla and chocolate finish lively, with good weight. Drink this delicious Reserva through 2019.

Michael Schachner, February 1, 2017