Olivier Riviere, Rioja “Pozo Alto” 6 Bottle Case 75cl

Equivalent Bottle Price £84.00

"The red Pozo Alto was singing when I tasted it. The vineyard was hit hard by the spring frost, and the rest of the year was very dry. The wine is not as vertical as it was in previous years, and it's a reflection of the conditions of the harvest. The palate is a little wider, but the limestone core and the freshness of the place are still there. This is a triumph over the extremely adverse conditions of the year. He sorted the 100%-destemmed fruit and fermented the grapes with indigenous yeasts. It matured in a single 600-liter oak demi-muid for 24 months, and the longer élevage seems to have polished the wine and made it longer and narrower, which is good when you have more volume like in 2017. Unfortunately, due to the frost, there are only 800 bottles of this."

96 Points - Luis Gutierrez, RobertParker.com

Olivier studied oenology in Bordeaux and then worked in the Marmandais and Burgundy. His dream was to set up himself in Fitou but a job offer to convert a vineyard to biodynamics in La Rioja Alavesa took him to Spain. A couple of years later, in 2009, he bought fruit from a local grape grower and made his very first wine. From there, he acquired 4 hectares in Arlanza and the production really kicked in.

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