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 Oloroso 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 on average 70-80 years old and are rare treasures, available in very limited quantities. Dark mahogany color. Intense and alive on the nose with deep varnish and oceanic notes. Complex with a very long distinct finish.