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with a medium ruby color and aromas of fresh strawberry and a touch of vanilla. Bright, black cherry fruit flavors are offered on the palate with medium acidity. No real presence of oak. Lovely food wine.

concentrated with lush ripe fruit, and notes of chocolate and licorice. The wine is also beautifully balanced with soft round tannins and a long lasting finish. Importer: Grapes of Spain, Lorton, VA

Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco and Museum of Wine Culture

Bodegas Dinastia Vivianco is a modern winery launched in the early 1990s by Pedro Vivanco a Rioja wine merchant and

Bodegas Domeco de Jarauta 2007 Lar de Sotomayor Rioja ($15) 87 A youthful deep purple ruby color is followed by whole berry carbonic notes, wet hay, cherry, and strawberry aromas. Fresh and fruity from carbonic maceration, with touches of reduction, tartness, and slight CO2. Importer: Frontier Wine Imports Dover, NJ

passionate collector of wine-related artifacts. is part of a grander project which includes

Museum of Wine Culture located town of Briones in Rioja Alta.













and brother, Rafael who is also the winemaker. Below are some notes on Vivanco wines we tasted during our visit to the Museum of Wine

The winery an attractive





El Coto de Rioja is a very large modern commercial winery. Its grapes are sourced from its own vineyards (165 ha) and from neighboring growers. The wines are well made and especially noteworthy is the Coto Real Reserva. Vineyard management and winemaking are going to be improving under the direction of recently appointed Buenaventura

Lasanta Casero, formerly with LAN. Wildman and Sons New York, NY

Importer: Frederick

El Coto 2007 Blanco Rioja ($12) 88


As these wines are

currently not exported ratings are provided.








100% Viura. Pale white gold with a fruity, fresh apple nose. Very aromatic with notes of anise and spice. Nice, round mouth feel with apple and ripe pear flavors and good persistence on the finish.

The 2004 Crianza is medium dark ruby in color and displays aromas of black cherry, vanilla and spice. On the palate, it is soft and straight forward with light red berry fruit, medium acidity, and dry tannins on the finish. The 2005 Graciano “Parcelos de Graciano” is a new wave fruit forward wine with ripe aromas of blackberry fruit, very ripe and pure with notes of sweet and highly concentrated black fruit and round tannins. The wine is also high in alcohol (15.5%) and provides a big burn on the finish. The 2005 Quatro Variedades, our favorite, offers attractive aromas of black cherry, plum and toasted oak with vanilla highlights. On the palate, it is soft and supple with ripe mouth filling fruit, round tannins and a long firm finish. The 2001 Reserva is another delicious wine fruit forward in character offering dried red cherry and plum fruit aromas followed by a soft attack of moderate fruit flavors and a dry and slightly astringent palate.

El Coto 1996 Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva Rioja ($ 42) 88 The 1996 Gran Reserva is dark garnet in color and has an orange rim. It offers complex aromas of leather, cigar box, cedar and violets. It is soft on the attack but reveals a slightly astringent palate of dried black cherry fruit and balsamic notes. Nice long finish.

El Coto 2001 Coto Real Reserva Rioja ($49) 90 The Coto Real Reserva is this winery’s top of the line blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 10% Graciano. It exhibits an opaque ruby core with aromas of smoky black

cherry fruit and vanilla notes.

ripe mouth filling red and black concentration and depth, good tannins.

On the palate it

fruit flavors acidity and

with soft

offers good round

Diez-Caballero 2001 Seleccionada Rioja ($40) 89 This wine is only made in the best vintages and is harvested by hand from 60+ year old vines. Aged 24 months in American and French oak, it exhibits a rustic character with a medium dark ruby color, hues of garnet and aromas of sweet fruit and coconut on the nose. On the palate it offers tart plum fruit flavors with a touch of smoky wood and peppery oak spice. Well done.

Exopto Cellars 2006 Horizonte ($37) 88 A new wave wine with a deep ruby color and consisting of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 10% Graciano. Aged for 10 months in new mostly French oak. It boasts pure dark cherry aromas followed by a soft attack and a fruited palate with round tannins and a pleasant finish. A lovely easy drinking and food friendly wine. Importer: Ole Imports Manhasset, NY

Bodegas Dios Ares 2004 Crianza Rioja ($18) 89 This dark ruby colored modern 100% Tempranillo produced by winemaker, Carlos San Pedro of Bodegas Pujanza, offers aromas of clean ripe black cherry fruit with a touch of herbs and attractively integrated oak. On the palate, it is soft and

Bodegas Faustino 1996 Tinto Gran Reserva Rioja ($35) 88 This Gran Reserva is from one of Rioja’s oldest and best known wineries. It is medium to deep garnet in color with a slight orange rim. On the nose it reveals aromas of light plum fruit and game. On the palate it reveals dried fruit


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