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Olivier Riviere Pozo Alto 2016 ~ 97RP View full size

Olivier Riviere Pozo Alto 2016 ~ 97RP

OLIVIER RIVIERE POZO ALTO 2016 RIOJA ~ 70% Graciano, 20% Tempranillo, 5% Grarnacha ~ 14.0% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~

97RP / 97JS / 97JD

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Olivier Rivière Vinos
Olivier Rivière
DOCa Rioja
Spain

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OLIVIER RIVIERE POZO ALTO 2016 | RIOJA

"I was really looking forward to the 2016 Pozo Alto and to visiting the vineyard, which is surprisingly old and large (where he selects the best part for this bottling) and planted with enough space to work with a tractor, as the family that planted it in the 1930s already had a tractor. It combines power and elegance in a rare combination. It feels young and a little closed, and it's serious. Olivier Rivière considers 2016 a year for aging in bottle, as it's a year with high acidity, plenty of tannins and some austere profiles. It fermented destemmed with an unusual blend of 75% Graciano, 20% Tempranillo and some 5% Garnacha. It has a sharp palate, with volume, very fine tannins and great length. It has both modern and classical features, taking the best from both worlds. This is a serious Rioja for the long run. There are 1,800 bottles of this and some large formats."

97 Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #243 | 28 June 2019

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97 Points | James Suckling | www.jamessuckling.com | 28 November 2018

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97 Points | Jeb Dunnuck | www.jebdunnuck.com | 3 April 2019

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Olivier Rivière had a catastrophic 2017 harvest, where he lost a high percentage of his grapes and will not be able to produce many of his wines, not only in Rioja but also from Arlanza. The good news is that the current releases and the forthcoming 2016s are better than ever!!

Luis Gutiérrez | Wine Advocate | February 2018

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According to records, Pozo Alto was registered in 1930 but it was most likely planted well before this time so the vines are about 90 years old. At the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria just outside the village of Leza, Pozo Alto has a sandy clay soil of decomposed limestone and sandstone. This site is planted mainly with Graciano with smaller amounts of Tempranillo and Garnacha – making it rather unique as Graciano fell out of favor after phylloxera. 2015 is the inaugural vintage of this wine but due to hail in August, 85% of the crop was lost resulting in only a couple of barrels. In the future and with normal yields, Pozo Alto will be aged in foudre and French oak demi-muids instead of barriques. Like in the second and near perfect 2016 vintage of the Pozo Alto, where 1.800 bottles were produced and matured in neutral 228L French oak barrels for 16 months.

  • Drink: 2020 - 2032
  • Production: 1.800 bottles
  • Treatment: 16 months in neutral French oak barrels of 228 liter
  • Remarks: This 2016 release of the Olivier Rivière Pozo Alto is even better than its 2015 debut! 97 points by Gutiérrez, Suckling ánd Dunnuck. So rare, I even cannot find the reviews...