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Olivier Riviere Rioja La Bastid 2018


Synopsis, Our Opinion: We loved it, called it OUTSTANDING and strongly recommended it.

Producer/Winery: Olivier Rivière; Laguardia, Spain.

Grape Variety: Rioja White Blend – Viura, Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: La Rioja Alavesa; La Rioja, Spain.

Vintage: 2018

Price: $20.70 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Cheese tortellini, grilled chicken, squash and Roma tomatoes with pesto sauce.

Tasting:

    Chilled before drinking. Clear, wheat straw color. Light melon, citrus and apple aromas with an ephemeral whiff of tropical fruit. Smooth, zesty and slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium body yet very light on its feet and a 200-grit texture. Rich ripe melon, lemon zest, chewy mineral, pineapple and apple flavors. Very nice crisp acidity and a VERY long lemon and mineral tasting finish. WOW, maybe not an exciting wine; however, it was mellow, flavorful, delicious and easy drinking. Great paired with food and great as a sipping wine. We both commented that if it had a flaw it was the light bouquet although it did improve as it warmed. We loved it, called it OUTSTANDING and strongly recommend it.

Olivier Riviere sorting grapes
Photo from European Cellars.

Comments: Learn more about Olivier Rivière and his wines.

Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Aluminium covered 50mm Reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: European Cellars; Charlotte, North Carolina.