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There is now a new wave of winemakers fighting back against the commercial style of Rioja and Telmo Rodriguez is at the forefront; I had the good fortune to meet him in February 2016 and he told me that Rioja should not be a "recipe", that there is fortunately no longer one style of Rioja as modern winemakers like him focus on the fruit, the 'terroir' and more traditional methods. Telmo has been described by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate as "Rioja's number one Terroirist". In this Lanzaga wine Telmo chooses to blend the Tempranillo grape with some Graciano and Garnacha (Grenache); he grows the grapes bio-dynamically on traditional bush vines, hand picks the grapes, uses indigenous yeast and no chemicals.
Recommended to drink with game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, poultry, cheese, charcuterie and paella
"Lanzaga is identity. It 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 some of our 35 plots from our 15 to 20 hectares of organic vineyards, located at an altitude of 500 to 700 meters. Lanzaga brings together all the elements that characterize our way of working: made with grapes from bushvines, from different plots, aged in foudres and in barrels of different sizes and origins, and with a very limited production. The combination of all these elements gives rise to a serious, sophisticated wine with a great aging capacity. 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."
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.”
A beautiful, new age Rioja from Telmo Rodriguez, described by Robert Parker as "Rioja's number one terroirist" and by Decanter as one of Rioja's "renegades" - I do love a rebel! Fruit, minerality and a silky smooth texture; this is a really top class wine.