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Olivier Riviere Rayos Rioja 2017
Olivier Riviere Rayos Rioja 2017


 
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Bottle-size : 75cl

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Olivier Rivière studied enology in Montagne St-Emilion and worked briefly with Elian Da Ros in Côtes-du-Marmandais, then at Domaine Leroy in Vosne-Romanée where his main interest was to learn about their biodynamic methods. He then went on to Domaine de Chassorney in St-Romain to see how beautiful non-interventionist wines are made - he couldn't have chosen a better teacher than Fred Cossard. His dream was to start his own estate in Fitou which didn't eventuate so in 2004 Olivier took a job with an estate in Rioja Alavesa to convert its vines into biodynamic culture. Following that, Olivier decided to stay in Rioja and began looking for vines tended organically, with the goal to buy grapes and make his own wine. He found a grower in the tiny village of Cárdenas, and bought and vinified his grapes. He was able to rent a 1.20HA plot from another person, and had his first harvest in 2006.

The entry-level red blend 2017 Rayos Uva was destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. It's a similar blend of grapes—50% Tempranillo, 30% Garnacha and 20% Graciano—from Rioja Baja. 2017 was a ripe and early harvest with low yields that delivered concentrated juice. This is fruit-driven and juicy, very drinkable. 65,000 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 90

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