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2010 Telmo Rodriguez 'Lanzaga' Tempranillo

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The 'Lanzaga' is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Grenache, and is made in the more modern Rioja style. Smells of blackcurrant, red cherry, vanilla and dried herbs decorate the nose, with just a whiff of earthy savouriness. The palate is quite full-bodied and fruity, with licks of dark chocolate, fine tannins, and a dry, rich, juicy, savoury-edged finish. This could stand up to a rare steak.

Winemaker's Notes

All husky and nutty-earthy, with cola and red heather; elegant, mature and earthy fruit tannins, savoury, subtle, profoundly well-balanced, with a great sneakily long palate elaboration. The Rioja we've been waiting for!

Grape variety: Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha.

Winemaking: It’s a village wine, combining 35 plots, handled separately, blended after selection, then aged a year or so in an oak regime where half the wine is aged in relatively neutral 1500 litre wood and the rest in a mix of 225 and 600 litre barrels (at most 10% new oak). A natural wine of the earth, there’s no winemaking in sight when drinking Lanzaga.

Tasting Notes: The nose is brilliantly poised - spiced and pippy blackberry with licorice and field herb. The palate runs on grainy, sweet, succulent tannins carrying the ripe seed flavour and structure of the grape. The flow is excellent, with a lovely alternation from chew to grip, and release.
Red cherry and red heather with the freshness of a herb-laden mountain breeze and a touch of undergrowthy savouriness. The palate is easy and flowing, the fruit’s juiciness wonderfully cut by natural structure. The brilliant fleshy tannins give a great sense of movement down the palate line. Indelibly marked by the great energy and vibration typical of the best 2010s.

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2010 Telmo Rodriguez 'Lanzaga' Tempranillo

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James Suckling (2010 Vintage) says
Aromas of red licorice with green olives, sage bush and plums. Full body, chewy and round tannins. Lots of fruit. From a vineyard planted in the occidental part of Rioja Alavesa in a village called Lanziego. Structured. Drink or hold.
Wine Advocate (2010 Vintage) says
The 2010 Lanzaga from vineyards in Lanciego is the 12th vintage for this brand, but there was a big change in 2008 when they built their new winery. All wines are fermented in concrete and aged in foudre and barrique. For Telmo, the tiny Lanciego is the last Mediterranean village in Rioja Alavesa, the last one to have olive trees as well as the first Atlantic one where the crop is cereal, so it has a complexity of climate and a variety of red soils with sand underneath (approx. one metre) and then the pure calcite that produces very elegant and complex wines. The 2010 version of Lanzaga is aromatically very pure and complex, with fine, polished tannins, some austerity and a strong personality. It develops some fennel, licorice and aniseed aromas, displaying its Mediterranean side with time, while it was truly Atlantic when uncorked. The nose is spectacular after an hour in the glass, so I’d open and decant it in advance if you are planning to drink it in the short term.
2014 - 2020
Luis Gutiérrez

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