Vivanco Crianza 2013 and Reserva 2011

The Spanish winemaker Vivanco has announced two new releases: Vivanco Crianza 2013 and Reserva 2011.

Vivanco Crianza 2013 is 100% tempranillo. Grapes come from Atlantic-influenced vineyards in Briones, with vine ages averaging 15-to-20 year old. Fermentation and maceration in small French oak vats for 16 days, in contact with the skins. Aged 16 months in French and American oak barrels with periodic racking, followed by at least 6 months in the bottle-aging hall. Aromas of fresh red fruits, the company reports, with spice and licorice note,s and toasty, smoky hints. Serve with tapas, Mediterranean cuisine, rice dishes, pasta and white or red meat.

The suggested retail price for Vivanco Crianza 2013 is $16.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

The Vivanco Reserva 2011 is 90% tempranillo and 10% graciano. Grapes come from vines 35-years-old on average from Briones. Malolactic fermentation in French oak. Aged 24 months in new and second-year barrels made with French and American oak. Fine-tuned in French oak vats for several months before bottling and then laying down for 24 months.  Aromas of ripe cherries and blackberry, the company reports, plus an earthy mineral component and spicy notes of cinnamon and sage. Velvety mouthfeel. Serve with all kinds of meats, stews, game dishes, mushrooms and aged cheeses.

The suggested retail price for Vivanco Reserva 2011 is $24.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

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