Sunday, March 11, 2012

Review: *** $$ Dinastia Vivanco Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 2008

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we have a value-priced tempranillo from the Rioja Spain area that has rated highly and is number 59 in Wine Spectator's top 100 wines from 2011.  It is made as a "crianza", meaning two years minimum of age. In fact this one had 16 months in barrel and at least another year in bottle.  Uniquely shaped bottle as well, coming from an old family design.

Original tasting and review : This is Dinastia Vivanco Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 2008, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep red, not opaque anywhere in the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft but vigorous old-world tones of oak and fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy and bright, with a proper funk. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full-throttled black pepper and round, dry blackberry fruit.  Balanced palate and full close with a light acid lift, yearning for food.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Gentle, bright woodland aromas. Slightly sweeter mid-red fruit, with dry leaves and bright finish.  Consistent scoring. 

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