Bodega Lanzaga 'LZ' RiojaRegular price $19.99
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One of the hottest young estates in Rioja, Bodega Lanzaga is run by the talented Telmo Rodriguez. One of the busiest winemakers in Rioja, Telmo is best known for his work at Remelluri, his family’s estate. But those in the know believe that Bodega Lanzaga, his estate in the cool Lanciego zone within Rioja Alavesa, is about to break out.
Telmo’s ‘LZ’ Rioja is the estate’s entry-level wine, but trust me, there’s nothing entry level about it. Composed mainly of Tempranillo from old, organically farmed, bush vines, this a wine that combines freshness and purity with concentration and complexity. Fermented and aged entirely in cement, this “no-oak” approach allows the grapes to “speak” of place and classic varietal character.
The color is deep and the aromas/flavors are of dark berries, orange blossom, white pepper, and damp earth. Full-bodied but round and deeply flavored yet lively, this is one that will find lots of admirers. James Suckling summed it up nicely, describing it as “very pretty and aromatic with plum and orange peel” notes along with “very fine tannins and a beautiful, fine-grained finish.” Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate summed it up simply but appropriately, saying it was “like biting into a bunch of ripe grapes, juicy and refreshing.”
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