This very old Oloroso is a piece of Jerez history! It comes from a solera at Cuvillo & Cía, in the 1980s the bodega fell on hard times and sent this solera as payment to an architect in Jerez, who left it untouched for 40 years. When De La Riva discovered it the volume had reduced by 50% due to evaporation, giving an incredibly intense and complex wine. These ‘forgotten’ wines are rare treasures, available in very limited quantities.
Jerez is commonly seen as a region where terroir isn’t an important factor in defining the wines. This hasn’t always been the case; in the past, the region was mapped into Pagos - blocks of vineyards that have similar characteristics - and naturally, some vineyards were considered nobler than others and were bottled separately.
De la Riva is a renowned historic Jerez brand that was rescued by young winemakers Ramiro Ibáñez and Willy Pérez in 2017. Manuel Antonio de la Riva established himself in Jerez in the late 19th Century, buying a bodega and 53 hectares of vineyards in the Pago Macharnudo, one of the oldest vineyard areas in the zone at a high elevation and with very pure limestone soil. Today, Ramiro and Willy are reviving the history of Jerez and returning to the traditional methods of bottling more individual wines.