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Now labelled as Bodega Lanzaga Lanzaga Rioja rather than Telmo Rodriguez Lanzaga Rioja, this more elegant style of Rioja is gaining in popularity as people shun the commercial style. Telmo is named as one of Tim Atkin's top 10 Rioja Producers in Decanter magazine and rightly so; this is my favourite of all his wines. The grapes for this blend of 85% Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha or Grenache and 5% Graciano are grown organically (certified) and bio-dynamically on traditional bush vines and hand-picked before being prodcued into wine without commercially produced yeast or chemicals.
It's lovely and complex, like the 2012, also a warm vintage, a fruity wine with structure, elegance and a minerally freshness. It will release its aromas and flavours more readily if decanted or swirled in the glass. It's a light to medium-bodied wine but a serious style of Rioja with redcurrants, cherries, blackberries with chocolate and spice and a hint of oak. It has a long, silky finish. Whilst drinking nicely now, this wine has the body, fruit and tannins to evolve further in the next few years.
Recommended to drink with game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, poultry, cheese, charcuterie and paella
"Lanzaga is ... the purest expression of our work in Lanciego and the main wine of our project in Rioja. Made only from a selection of the best grapes from ... our 15 to 20 hectares of organic vineyards ... with a very limited production. Lanzaga is a Rioja wine that has a true sense of place, a rich and complex expression of the village where it has been made. Expressive and complex on the nose with flowers, berries, cured meat, spices and minerals. Fresh and elegant on the palate with refined tannins."
Telmo Rodriguez is one of Master of Wine Tim Atkin's top 10 Rioja producers Decanter Mar 2018
“Spain is probably the most dynamic wine country in Europe right now, thanks to people like Rodriguez and Eguzkiza and a younger generation that is following their example. They want to prove that Spain is not just a source for value, but a land with incredible terroirs.”
Now labelled as Bodega Lanzaga Lanzaga Rioja rather than Telmo Rodriguez Lanzaga Rioja, this Rioja continues to be elegant in style and not overly oaky as some can be. Improving in quality year on year according to RobertParker.com this is my favourite of Telmo's wines