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Pozo Alto

Olivier Rivière

Pozo Alto Bottle
Appellation
Rioja
Variety
Graciano, Tempranillo, Garnacha
Age of Vines
90+
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Sandy clay limestone, sandstone
Altitude
600 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, natural yeast fermentation in vat
Aging
24 months in a 600L French oak demi-muid, vegan

Overview

According to records, Pozo Alto was registered in 1930 but was most likely planted well before, 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 somewhat 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 typical yields, Pozo Alto will be aged in foudre and French oak demi-muids instead of barriques.

Ratings & Reviews

97

2018 Pozo Alto

Source: JS

96

2017 Pozo Alto

Source: JS

96

2017 Pozo Alto

Source: WA

97

2016 Pozo Alto

Source: JD

97

2016 Pozo Alto

Source: JS

95

2016 Pozo Alto

Source: VM

97

2016 Pozo Alto

Source: WA

93

2015 Pozo Alto

Source: JD

96

2015 Pozo Alto

Source: WA

Rioja, Spain
  • Location
    Rioja, Spain
  • Appellation
    Rioja
  • Proprietor
    Olivier Rivière
  • Winemaker
    Olivier Rivière
  • Size / Elevation
    25 hectares / 350–1000 meters

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