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Arlanza Vina del Cadastro Olivier Riviere 2011/15

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One Line Description Arlanza Vina del Cadastro Olivier Riviere 2011, Biodynamic wine, 100% Tempranillo, 1000 metres above sea level, incredible freshness and quality, rich, smooth red maturing beautifully.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country Spain Spanish
Region Arlanza, Spain
Producer Olivier Riviere
Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Tempranillo
Alcohol 14% abv
Maturation 1 year in old French barrels
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential a couple of decades
Natural Features Vegan


Arlanza Vina del Cadastro Olivier Riviere, Biodynamic wine, 100% Tempranillo, 1000 metres above sea level, incredible freshness and quality, rich, smooth red maturing beautifully. The Vina del Cadastro is really the second wine of his vineyard at Arlanza, all cool elegant Tempanillo, it shows some of the depth of Quemado but is accessible earlier. These wines are unique as they seem to have the power of a hot climate Tempranillo like Ribera but also the freshness and elegance of a cool climate wine. Although 14% abv and with dark fruits and spice, the Arlanza wines from Olivier possess outstanding drinkability. Try as an alternative to a Gran Reserva Rioja, these are delicious wines.

It takes a brave man to make Rioja without Tempranillo and without American oak but Olivier doesn't lack confidence. When I met him in the Loire and tasted the wines I asked if he used any American oak. He looked at me as if I was mad, (so did the group of Michelin Star Sommeliers I was with), that's what I thought Rioja producers used! But this guy is no ordinary Rioja producer, he is French for one and his wines shine through the murky waters of heavy oak use and over extraction like a ray of Spanish sunshine. Native of Cognac, Olivier Rivière studied oenology in Montagne St-Emilion (Bordeaux region) and then worked at several estates before settling in Spain. Olivier first worked with Elian Da Ros in Marmandais, then at Domaine Leroy where his main interest was to learn about their biodynamic methods. Finally, he went on to Domaine de Chassorney to see how beautiful non-interventionist wines were made. With little money to get his own venture started, he bought a tiny 1 hectare vineyard in Arlanza, 1000 metres above sea level where day and night time temperatures differ by as much as 20 degrees. There he set about making biodynamic Tempranillo with a unique depth and freshness. A couple of years later, Olivier purchased a small vineyard in Rioja and now some of the most elegant examples of this very popular but often highly manipulated wine. For a taste of the other side of Rioja, Olivier's wines are eye opening and absolutely delicious.

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