£25.60/ 0.75 L btl
Lanzaga is a wine with personality, that combines the innate elegance of a Rioja red with the fruitiness and richness of grapes carefully selected in the vineyard and treated with great respect in the winery (matured in 1,500-litre large oak casks and 225-litre barrels for 14 months). It is a wine of contrasts, of balances and great fruit purity; a wine which, without being overly grand or powerful, will please those who look for wines that are not prone to excesses, wines that have a delightful nose and show elegance, refinement and profundity.
What does this wine taste like?
On entry, it shows its masculine side, with aromas of black fruit typical of the Tempranillo, the main variety in its composition, mineral notes and subtle hints of leather, but with some aeration in the glass that darker, deeper character soon gives way to an elegant perfume of raspberries, with warm bakery notes, balsamic hints, revealing a much more feminine profile, sweet and refined. This wine has two sides to it, united in a perfect relationship. We must stress: just a small amount in the glass, as this wine continues to give out fruit and ever more fruit.
Its entry is smooth yet, and again comes the contrast, has a great abundance of fruit; the fruitiness, almost chewy, is still very young (you only have to see how well it has kept its colour, an intense cherry shade) and, although it is quite drinkable and not at all harsh, it shows great potential, with good structure now and promises a long life ahead. It is less complex on the palate than on the nose, and has a slightly bitter touch, of bay leaves and mountain herbs, which is discernible both to the taste and on the finish, contrasting with that rather sweet and refined nose that had delighted us at the beginning. In short, a Rioja for inquisitive palates, for lovers of wines treated respectfully in their making and which don't necessarily set out to impress but to give real pleasure.
|Ruby red / Garnet / Intense|
|Fruit aromas / Ripe red fruit / Balsamic notes / Hardwoods / Leather|
|Medium-bodied / Good acidity / Flavoursome / Fruit-forward / Tannic / Pleasant finish|
Drinking and storing
To enable full enjoyment, we recommend decanting half an hour beforehand but most importantly, always serving in small amounts; the fruit in all its purity needs to breathe.
Red meats / Small game dishes / Cooked sausages / Full-fat cheeses / Poultry
Ratings and awards
|2017||94 PK||93 PN|
|2016||94+ PK||93 PN|
|2015||94 PK||93 PN|
|2014||93+ PK||93 PN||96 SK|
|2013||93+ PK||92 PN|
Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker
Does not taste like Rioja
I love Rioja. For me the better Riojas are the best wines in the world, bar none. This wine was a great disappointment; it was not corked, or obviously faulty, it was just fruity and simple, lacking all the complexity, subtlety, spiciness and range of secondary flavours I associate with good Rioja. Vinissimus stocks many Rioja wines which cost about half as much as this one and are significantly better. If you don't really get Rioja you may appreciate this wine, otherwise, don't bother! For a lower price, but a far better experience, try Vina Alberdi or Vina Cubillo; they are great traditional Riojas. Then move up to Vina Arana, Vina Bosconia and so on...
Como todos los vinos de Telmo Rodríguez está ejecutado con una precisión absoluta. Mucha carga fruta,l con una acidez exquisita, taninos pulidos, mineralidad, notas de toffee, bosque bajo y un color sencillamente maravilloso.
Gran vino, buena relacion calidad precio
Vino con mucho cuerpo. Grato sabor en el paladar es ideal, en mi opinion, para acompañar en la mesa mientras degustamos carnes.
Variedad de matices expresan este vino estupendo. muy recomendable para una comida con amigos o con la familia . .
Matured in 1,500-litre large oak casks and 225-litre barrels for 14 months
|Ageing period||14 months|
|Soil||Stony / Limestone / Silt|
|Surface area||17.00 hectares|
Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez
Telmo Rodríguez and Pablo Eguzkiza started work on their wine project in 1994 with, as they admit, few resources but plenty of ideas. The firm they set up, Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez, has grown based on the pair's travels around winemaking regions to understand and experience Spain as a complex and unique winemaking country with incredibly diverse and rich landscapes. Top quality winemaking traditions, experience in...