2018 Bodegas Lanzaga LZ Rioja

$20

Mostly Tempranillo with a touch of Graciano & Garnacha to smooth out the palate.

A juicy and luscious red wine with hints of cranberry and red raspberry with soft tannins and good acidity. It is a pure and classic everyday Rioja. Organic Farming Practices.

 

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Tempranillo

Famous by the wines being produced in Spain’s Rioja region, this is Spain’s native top grape variety. If Tempranillo is to Rioja as Cabernet is to Bordeaux, and Pinot Noir to Burgundy, then this noble red-grape variety is nothing to be shy about. Producing dry, scented, medium-full bodied red wines worthy of aging. They are classified in Spain by how long they age in oak barrels. Bolder Tempranillo’s can show old-fashioned, top quality, mature richness. Pair these with gourmet burgers, lamb, and other red meats. For the more fresh styles (less aging) try baked pasta and white meat fare.

Other notable regions are Ribera del Duero and Toro in Spain, and Douro Valley and Alentejo in Portugal where it is known as Tinta Roriz or Aragonêz.

Rioja, Spain

Located in The Upper Ebro within North Central Spain, Rioja is split into three distinct sub-regions centered around the region’s principal city, Logroño. Grape plantings here are dominated by Tempranillo. However, you’ll also find delicious Garnacha, Viura, and Verdejo. Oak maturation plays a large role in winemaking style. Although, Rioja wines can be made in a range of styles depending on what the winemaking is seeking to achieve. Traditionally, wines were aged in American Oak giving pronounced flavors for vanilla, coconut, or dill. Now, you may find many producers are using oak from France or other European countries to give some of their wines more subtle spicy aromatics. 

Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez was founded in 1994. Telmo – a self-professed “driving winemaker”- came to Rioja searching for the soul of the region, returning to the villages where a few special plots express themselves. Lanciego is a village in the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains, reflecting the contrasting contributions of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic influences. Native grape varieties, grown on the best soils and subject to the best viticulture are the philosophical tenets, allowing the wines to express their innate qualities thanks to simple, but scientifically-grounded winemaking.

This wine comes from certified organic bush vines in the cool Lanciego zone within Rioja Alavesa from the Campoluengo, Las Rozas, Castillejo, El Romeral, Agozaderas and El Plano vineyards on clay – calcareous slopes.

“A juicy and insultingly young Rioja, with bright aromas. It’s fruit-driven but not banal and has depth and complexity and round, soft tannins, without any make-up, a very pure, honest everyday wine. It develops some meaty notes over time, and it’s more nuanced than the majority of young wines.” – Luis Gutierrez, 91 points WA

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