2009 Telmo Rodriquez Rioja Altos LanzagaTempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz from Spain
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"In his mid 40’s, Telmo is the son of the family which owns the highly regarded Remelluri estate in Rioja, where he was winemaker while putting together estates of his own. An...
- 96 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2009 Altos de Lanzaga has a more introverted bouquet than the 2007: tightly coiled with fine delineation and purity. The palate is beautifully defined with great weight and intensity without compromising upon its elegance and poise. Like the 2007, there is a Burgundy like allure to this weight, with tremendous clarity on the finish. “Stunning” is the word that springs to mind. Drink 2015-2025+ As well as visiting his family estate of Remelluri, I made a brief visit to Telmo Rodriguez’s minuscule, antediluvian winery in the village of Lanciego. It reminded me of setting foot in some of Burgundy’s more artisan domaines: cramped conditions, ancient cobwebbed walls, the acrid tang of mold and decades of winemaking. Telmo mentioned that authorities had tried to persuade him to at least concrete the floor, but he refuses, not wishing to tamper with the authenticity of the winery. I tasted wines from foudres that I will review once bottled. For now, I will concentrate upon those that are already in bottle, because they are spectacular. Telmo sees Altos de Lanzaga as the equivalent of a “premier cru” in Burgundy, sourced from 35-year-old vine grown on red soil that is fermented in cement vats and aged in foudres and casks. His aim is to find the character of the village of his vines within the ambit of Lanciego."
"In his mid 40’s, Telmo is the son of the family which owns the highly regarded Remelluri estate in Rioja, where he was winemaker while putting together estates of his own. An oenology graduate from Bordeaux University, he has worked with some of the great names of the Rhone – Chave, Clape, Guigal and the Perrin brothers. Regarded as somewhat of an ‘enfant terrible’ for his outspoken views, Telmo is a passionate opponent of the internationalisation of Spanish vineyards, and is dedicated to a way forward for Spain which combines indigenous varieties with superior viticulture and winemaking. He and his long-term wine-making and viticulturist partner, Pablo Eguzkiza, created ‘Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez’ with the aim of selecting outstanding vineyards to produce the best regionally typical varieties. Attention to viticultural care is first class. In the winery the entire philosophy is to let the fruit speak – there is not a less ‘recipe-oriented’ winemaker anywhere. Low crop levels from old, high altitude bush vines are typically made into three quality bands: a price-friendly drinker of great character and quality, a premium French-oaked wine from the most concentrated fruit, and a super wine selected from the most elegant and refined barrels. "
|Region||Castille and Leon|
|Sub-Region||Ribera del Duero|
96 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz|
|Taste||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb|
|Nose||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb|