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:
-Wine Spectator, April '19 gave 94 Points to 2009 Viña Gravonia Crianza “This white is rich and expressive, a fine example of the traditional style. Bold flavors of quince, dried pineapple, lemon confit and vanilla mingle in a polished texture, supported by firm acidity and fine tannins. Balanced and long.”
-Wine Spectator, Jul ‘18 gave 93 points to 2008 Viña Gravonia Crianza. ” Rich and firm, this white shows complex flavors of dried apple, creamed pear, heather, white tea, coconut and vanilla. Juicy acidity and light tannins keep this focused, providing structure for the long haul. A lovely example of the traditional style.”
-A View From The Cellar, May-June ’18 gave 91 points to 2008 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “To my mind, the Viña Gravonia bottling from López de Heredia is the finest value in classically-styled Rioja Blanco that one can find on this wide earth. The 2008 version is once again excellent, offering up a complex nose of fresh coconut, lemon, chalky soil tones, a bit of fresh almond, citrus peel and a nice touch of oak. On the palate the wine is crisp, complex and full-bodied, with a superb core, excellent soil signature, bright, zesty acids and superb focus and grip on the long and complex finish. Great juice and a superb value.”
-eRobertParker.com, The Wine Advocate, March '18 gave 94 points to 2008 Viña Gravonia Crianza.“... It has the right balance between youth and freshness and the more-developed aromas. The notes of dried flowers, honey, nuts, and petrol, are intermixed with aromas of quince, medlar, and other yellow fruit, with hints of saffron and spices, quite developed. The palate is very tasty, and it ends with a salty finish...”
-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...”