Rayos Uva Rioja

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Olivier Riviere, founder and winemaker at Rayos Uva Rioja, is originally from Cognac. He studied in St-Emilion and then made wine in southern France and Burgundy before moving to Ribera del Duero in 2004, when he started leasing land and purchasing fruit for his new Spanish blends. Finally, in 2013, Olivier bought his first 3.5 acres in Rioja Alavesa; Rayos Uva is now in its third vintage. Olivier’s holdings are substantially larger now, but he still sources fruit from his favorite bodegas. Grown by Bodegas Lacus where Olivier is also the winemaker, this 2018 is a blend of hand-harvested Tempranillo and Graciano that is semi-carbonically fermented in tanks with wild yeasts. Aged 10-12 months in tank and concrete foudre. An exciting Rioja with a French artisanal sensibility. Slightly filtered. It is recommended to open the bottle half an hour before consuming it to express the true potential.

Description

Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Powerful cherry color with intense violet rim
Nose Intense and balanced (strawberries and raspberries), some typical floral touches of wines made with whole grapes
Palate Powerful and fresh. Very present tannins, but well balanced. Long and persistent

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety  50% Graciano, 30% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo
Alcohol % 14%
Style Medium-bodied soft and rounded red
Estate/Producer Bodegas Lacus, Olivier Riviere
Country Spain
Region Rioja Alavesa
Vintage 2018
Vinification Hand-harvested Tempranillo and Graciano that is semi-carbonically fermented in tanks with wild yeasts. Aged 10-12 months in tank and concrete foudré
Closure Natural Cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Drink now with great cellar potential

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