Olivier Rivière

Gabaxo (2014)

Gabaxo – Wine Advocate – 91 Points

The 2014 Gabatxo is almost a new wine as it’s now a 50/50 bend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, and it used to be pure Garnacha. This is the only wine where different zones are mixed, as the Tempranillo is from Rioja Alavesa and the Garnacha from Rioja Baja, the Garnacha from Cárdenas that does not make it into the Ganko. It does feel really different; the Tempranillo brings some seriousness, focus and precision. It’s not only a matter of a different variety from a cooler zone, it’s also the fact that now he’s working some with his own vineyards. It’s very fine and elegant, and it’s terribly tasty and fresh, perhaps mineral, almost salty and it makes you salivate. This is a cuvée on the way up.

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