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Lanzaga 2018


A Rioja for inquisitive palates


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production27,332 bottles

The wine

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.

Serve between 15ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

Red meats / Small game dishes / Cooked sausages / Full-fat cheeses / Poultry

Ratings and awards

201794 PK93 PN
201694+ PK93 PN
201594 PK93 PN
201493+ PK93 PN96 SK
201393+ PK92 PN
201293 PK
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

he 2017 Lanzaga comes from a harvest marked by the killer frost (-5 degrees Celsius) of April 27th and 28th, but the higher-altitude vines from the village of Lanciego escaped the disaster. This is a blend from their 15 to 20 hectares of organically farmed vines, all head-pruned on slopes rich in clay and limestone, mixing red and white soils, places with more sandstone, others with more marl, looking for complexity. It fermented in 6,000-liter concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in 1,500- and 2,500-liter oak foudres and 225-liter barriques for 14 months. It has great balance and freshness, it's very clean and doesn't show any of the challenges or shortages of the harvest. It's creamy, juicy and medium-bodied, with very fine tannins, a serious wine that changed in 2013-2014 to this complexity and depth. The vines from Lanciego didn't suffer as much as other villages with the frost of 2017. 27,332 bottles produced. It was bottled in May and June 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (19/08/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2017 - 94 PARKER

Customer reviews

4 reviews


Matured in 1,500-litre large oak casks and 225-litre barrels for 14 months

Ageing period14 months


SoilStony / Limestone / Silt
Surface area17.00 hectares
Altitude550.00 meters

The winery

Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez

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...