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2019 Olivier Riviere Rioja Tinto Rayos Uva

Rioja, Spain

Plump and juicy, it's a fresher style of Rioja here that focuses on fruit instead of oak.

$33.00

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About

About The Wine

This is the early-drinking rendition of Rioja blend from Bordeaux-born vigneron, Olivier Riviere.

The focal point of this wine is Graciano - with its intensly spicy backbone and fine tannin it sets an exotic backdrop for the rest of the blend.

Tempranillo and Grenache bring the flesh and fruit to the wine, with a flood of red berries and juicy plums, it makes for a great afternoon partner with a tumble in front of a board of hard cheese and cured meats.

Super value here, fun and exciting drinking from Rioja new guard.

About Olivier Riviere

A Bordeaux native, Olivier studied as a viticulturalist in France at Montagne St-Emilion before getting more hands on experience in organic/biodynamic farming at Domaine Leroy in Vosne-Romanée.

From there, lo-fi winemaking was imparted on him by the great Fred Cossard at St Romaine's Domaine de Chassorney. These two formative experience shaped his approach to wine growing and making deeply. But rather than sticking to his roots in France, it was roots of a different kind (the Spanish kind) that intrigued him the most.

He has since started making some of the sexiest, most energetic expressions of Rioja, all off organic vines. These wines share more DNA with those of the avant-garde of Burgundy or the southern Rhone Valley than most Spanish wine you will drink today. Exciting stuff and absolutely worth the modest prices asked.

Olivier Riviere
Olivier Riviere
Rioja, Spain
Additional Info

From The Producer

Blend : Graciano (50%), Grenache (30%), Tempranillo (40%)
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

91Points
Wine Advocate

"The very young red 2019 Rayos Uva shows nice aromas and the roundness of 2019, when Rivière had lower yields, and the fruit is very defined. There is a change to adapt to the vintage, so there’s a little less Tempranillo and a lot more Graciano; the breakdown is 50% Graciano, 30% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo, a very different blend from previous years. It has some herbal/peppery sensations and ripe fruit without excess. The palate is juicy and sleek with some sparks, and it has unusual freshness, quite good to balance this wine in a warmer year like 2019. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, this was bottled a little later, and that could have been positive for the wine. " Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate)

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