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Telmo Rodriguez 'LZ' Tempranillo

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

The LZ is the absolute 'get on' value wine in the Telmo Rodriguez range. Made in the 'Joven' style (which means young and low-oak usage, if any), it displays youthful, primal smells of raspberries, black cherries and earthiness on the nose. The palate is more medium-bodied and brightly fruited, with red berry and dried herb flavours, smooth tannins, and a dry, soft finish. It's made to drink over a 3-5 year term, and would be great with some nachos.

Winemaker's Notes

Rioja is a pretty confusing appellation: you might get old-fashioned wine (high-crop fruit, lots of daggy barrel impact from ages spent in old American oak), or you may get low-crop, fresh modern estate wine. They can be Tempranillo, Garnacha or some blend of the two. The region is also divided into a high, cool part with poor soils (Riojas Alta and Alavesa) and a relatively low-altitude, warm, alluvial part (Rioja Baja). As ever, get to know individual estates, is our advice. A jam packed cranberry+field herb nose – fresh fruit and earth, lift and depth ... The palate is perfumed and really harmonious - built beautifully on Telmo’s trademark natural fruit tannin-acid twin-track. Juicy and deft, it’s not just good and typical, nor merely delicious .

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