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Date Printed: 11/29/2014
Telmo Rodriguez Altos de Lanzaga Rioja 2007
Telmo Rodriguez Altos de Lanzaga Rioja 2007
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The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Rioja flagship Altos de Lanzaga comes from one of the most exceptional vineyards in Lanciego. The goal is to vindicate the subtlety that a great Rioja must possess.

The fruit comes from about 10 biodynamically farmed acres of Tempranillo vineyards more than 70 years old. The wine is crushed and extracted in order to protect wine's finesse. Fermentation is done in large, open wooden vats, and aging is in a combination of large oak casks and smaller barriques for 18 months, with each cask studied individually and dried for a lengthy period corresponding to its specific characteristics.

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About Telmo Rodriguez:

Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered as well as known regions. Perhaps most impressive, while Telmo Rodriguez makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognized for the tremendous value they offer.

Telmo studied viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux and was the winemaker at his family winery in Rioja, Remelluri, and then set off on his own in the early 1990s to discover new vineyards and regions all around Spain. He now makes a range of wines in diverse viticultural areas of Spain, with an emphasis on the following:


Telmo’s vineyards are biodynamically farmed
All vines are exclusively bush-trained, the traditional Spanish method
Sites with exceptional terroir
Varietals traditional to their regions
Replanting only with massal selections

Telmo was among the first to make significant wines in Toro, Rueda, Valdeorras, Malaga, Alicante and Cigales. In these areas he uses native varietals, often grapes rediscovered such as Godello, Verdejo, Moscatel and Monastrell which do not have wide recognition. With other classically recognized varietals such Tempranillo, Garnacha and Carignan, he works with vines that are indigenous and reflect the character of their particular site. As a result, Telmo has been one of the leaders of the quality revolution with these varietals in up and coming areas such as Toro, as well as in the traditional areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.