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2016 Olivier Riviere - Pozo Alto

Rioja, Spain
Colour : Red
Producer : Olivier Riviere
Label Name : Pozo Alto
Country : Spain
Region : Rioja
Variety : Proprietary Blend
Vintage : 2016
Capacity : 750 ml - Standard Bottle
Rating : RP97 - Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck 97 pts, James Suckling 97 pts
Tasting Note :

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. —Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker Wine Advocate (06/2019)

I was blown away by the 2016 Pozo Alto, unquestionably one of the finest examples of Graciano I’ve ever tasted. The blend is the standard co-fermented 75% Graciano, 20% Tempranillo, and 5% Garnacha, from vines planted in the 1930s, that was completely destemmed and spent 18 months in demi-muids. This deep purple color Rioja boasts stunning notes of blue fruits, violets, orange blossom, and graphite. This flows to a medium to full-bodied, sensationally perfumed, intense 2016 that has flawless integration in its acidity and tannins, a great mid-palate, and a great, great finish. It’s a brilliant effort to enjoy over the coming 15 years or more. - Jeb Dunnuck

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