Riviere La Vallada Arlanza 2014
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Riviere La Vallada Arlanza 2014

Olivier Rivière was originally lured to Spain in 2004 by Telmo Rodriguez to convert his vineyards to biodynamics, where he came to appreciate the rich history of Rioja, and the diversity of its soils and grape varieties. Unlike many of his peers in Rioja, he bases his cuvées not on political boundaries or the length of barrel aging, but on terroir. He believes in a quality hierarchy inspired by Burgundy with generic Appellation and Village wines at the base and Premier and Grand cru wines at the top. La Vallada is a 2.5 hectare enclosed vineyard – Vallada meaning enclosed – at an elevation of 950m from which Olivier sources young vine Tempranillo for this cuvée. He gently destems the fruit destined for La Vallada keeping the whole berries intact. The fruit is then carefully layered in a fermentation tank with any overflow being fermented in small bins. The weight of the grapes and the native yeasts causes fermentation to begin naturally. Fresh and fruit forward. Red raspberries. Medium bodied. 91 Wine Advocate