Telmo Rodriguez Altos de Lanzaga Rioja 2005

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

Item No. 118272
  • red wine
  • RP93
  • ST93
  • WE90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Altos de Lanzaga has already been positively reviewed by my predecessor and I back that up all the way. Sourced from a single, propitious parcel of 70-year-old vines, it has a raspberry, wild strawberry and crushed stone-scented bouquet armed with exquisite delineation and purity, unfurling with each swirl of the glass. The palate has firm grip on the entry, but the acidity lends it immense poise and freshness with notes of dark cherry, balsamic and a touch of marmalade on the tense finish. Rioja wine does not get much better than this?unless it happens to be its 2007 or 2009 counterparts! Drink now-2020."
93 Points

"Saturated ruby. Highly perfumed bouquet of ripe blackberry, cassis, Asian spices and incense. Vanilla and cola notes gain power with air and carry onto the palate, adding bass notes to the vivid black raspberry and candied cherry flavors. Broad and fleshy, with deep blackberry, cherry-vanilla and creme de cassis notes on the impressively long finish. Showing a lot of oak today, but the fruit appears more than up to it."
93 Points

"The price on this high-flying Rioja continues to go through the roof, and so does the oak and tannin. And while we still appreciate the wine’s intensity and power, this vintage pushes so much espresso, burnt nut and rubber that it probably won’t impress all comers. In the mouth, look for dark, almost bitter black-fruit flavors followed by a firm, tannic finish. Needs time in the cellar to find more integration."
90 Points

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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...

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Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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