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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Telmo Rodriguez Lanzaga Rioja 2008
Telmo Rodriguez Lanzaga Rioja 2008
(search item no. 118234)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $35.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Rioja vineyards for Telmo Rodriguez' wines are in the eastern part of the region, in Lanciego. It is here, on the clay and calcerous slopes, that some of the most interesting vineyards of Rioja coexist with hundred year old olive groves. Lanzaga, the middle Telmo wine from Rioja, exhibits the character of the Lanciego vineyard's fruit: a beautiful cohabitation of strength and elegance.
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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.