Grapes: 100% Viura.
Aging: 4 years in American oak barrels and at least 5 years in bottles. Racked twice per year and no added yeast.
Taste: Time transformed a fruity young wine into a mature wine with an oaky nose and retains an echo of white Viura grapes. Traces of grape freshness on the palate overlaid by the tannins and lignins of older oak with a pleasing touch of acidity.
Gastronomy: Tapas, any kind of fish, shellfish, and poultry.
Color: Paler gold.
Talking About the Wines:
-James Suckling, “The Alluring Freshness of Spain”, July ’17 gave 94 points to 2007 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “Intense aromas of cream, vanilla, lemon curd and pineapple follow through to a full body, with a dense and fruity palate with lanolin and cream. Phenolic tension. Unique white wine experience...”
-Vinous Media "Spain's New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails " May ’17 gave 91 points to 2006 Viña Gravonia Crianza White."…Brilliant gold. Honey, orange pith, dried pear and toasted nuts on the deeply perfumed nose. Broad, fleshy and dry, offering bitter citrus zest, pear skin, brown butter, vanilla and candied ginger flavors and a touch of smokiness. Shows an intriguing juxtaposition of rich, ripe fruit and firm, dry and nutty character, in the vein of a Vin Jaune from the Jura. Closes long and chewy, featuring lingering beeswax, caramel and pear nectar qualities…”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Dec '16 gave 93 points to 2006 Viña Gravonia Crianza. "Like many of Lopez de heredia's long-aged whites, this starts off Sherry-like before gaining freshness with air. In this case, the plump texture yields white peach and grapefruit notes, the fruit coming together with a mouthful of minerality, intensifying the wine's richness as it lasts longer with each sip."
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2016 gave 94 points to 2005 Viña Gravonia Crianza and awarded it a 100 Best Wines of 2016. "Credit the exceptional 2005 harvest for this classic white Rioja with savory length...aged four years in barrel, then six years in bottles, it has mellowed into pale flavors of nectarine, lemon custard and toasted bread."
-International Wine Review, June '16 gave 94 points to 2006 Viña Gravonia Crianza. "Revealing scents of almond, chamomile, and honeycomb, this wine may be Rioja's most pure expression of the Viura grape...the palate is beautifully balanced and suprisingly fresh, showing minerals and crisp pear."
-eRobertParker.com, Apr '15 gave 94 points to 2006 Viña Gravonia Crianza, "...showing notes of chamomile, beeswax, honey and aromatic herbs. The palate is sharp, medium-bodied with great acidity and freshness that is both clean and persistent..."