#59 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
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.
"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. 55,000 cases made."
"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.
The Wine Advocate
Smooth & Supple
One of the nicest Rioja's I have tasted. This is my go to Spanish wine now. Well rounded, smooth, elegant and a great sipping wine for the evening.