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. The brand belonged to the family until the early 1970s when it was bought by Domecq.
Besides their Fino, there are two “almacenista” wines, both available only in half bottles and in very small quantities: an Oloroso Viejísimo from Balbaina Baja and a Moscatel Viejísimo from Loma Baja.
This very old Moscatel comes from a family reserve at Florido Brothers averaging more than 80 years. The bodega was bought by Domecq in the 70s but family members managed to keep a couple of barrels from the Pico Plata vineyard. When De La Riva discovered them there were only 50 litres remaining. The wine is dark, almost opaque, with carob, coffee and incense on the nose, despite the age it retains a lively acidity and has an incredibly long finish. Serve this cool and on its own.
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