Welcome, welcome, welcome! Greatness has come from this wonderful 2010 vintage. Long time Texas wine drinkers are probably quite familiar with the Viviano lines. For others not so familiar, you probably know about Chianti style blends. Well, this wine is a reverse twist on Tuscany style blends. Blended with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese, this blend perhaps brings out the best of what the Texas High Plains can do for these style of wines. First of all, you get a fantastic deep ruby color in the glass. It just looks fantastic! Take a few sniffs and you’ll definitely pick up some very strong cherry aromas. Nice, isn’t it? The tasting experience is equally pleasant. You’ll note rich raspberry flavors that you’ll want to swish and swirl in your mouth. And yes, there is some smokiness with a touch of cedar and spice just to add more pleasure for your senses. You’ll be very engaged in the finish. It starts out with the strong fruit, followed by the oak, then it lets go to the acids to do their magic at the finish. Yes, if the wine could stand on its own, it would probably take a bow at this point. This has to be the best of the Viviano brands. It should last quite a long time in the cellar and has potential to hit that high 90s score in 10 years. Enjoy well, our wine friends and cheers!

IMG_8201 - Llano Estacado Winery - Viviano Superiore Rosso - 2010