2010 Telmo Rodriguez Rioja 'Lanzaga'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $29.94 (reg. $39.94)
This 2010 ‘Lanzaga’ is a classic release from Telmo Rodriguez, "one of the most knowledgeable, respected and opinionated winemakers" in Europe according to the Wine Advocate, and without a doubt the new face of Spain. Telmo Rodriguez has mastered the spectrum of Rioja, from “spellbinding” $100+ cult bottlings (Wine Advocate) to extremely reasonable Crianzas. This 2010 ‘Lanzaga’ is the perfect sweet spot, affording an opportunity to enjoy Rioja’s best winemaking at a fraction of the price.
Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain's pioneer winemakers, advocating that native grape varieties be tied to the climates and conditions of their original sites. While Telmo makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, this everyday 'Lanzaga' has been equally praised and widely recognized for the tremendous value it offers.
A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Graciano, this is a gorgeous Rioja for those who crave terroir-driven Rioja, and it’s as old world as it gets. The 2010 is packed full of character and authenticity, qualities that Rodriguez has pushed for in his entire portfolio. The Wine Advocate has praised his “tremendous transformation toward finer, more terroir-driven wines.” The ‘Lanzaga’ is sourced from vineyards within the Rioja village of Lanciego, a complex mid point between Atlantic and Mediterranean climates with the soils to match.
Showing complex notes of “red licorice with green olives, sage bush and plums” (JS), this Lanzaga has both power and elegance from a legendary vintage. For under $30 and the best price around, it is a phenomenal value and an easy case buy with winter approaching! Cheers!