Making Room for a Distinctively Delicious Rioja

It’s on the clay and calcerous slopes of Rioja – specifically the cool zone of Lanciego – where old bush vines farmed by the descendents of the same families who’ve been here for two centuries produce the grapes that make up Telmo Rodriguez’s wines. Rioja’s go-to grapes of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnarcha have been delicately blended with a touch of the region’s indigenous white varieties like Viura and Malvasia to produce this complex fruit forward expression of Rioja.

There’s such a purity of fruit in this wine that deviates from the typical us of American oak aging in the region by using old cement vats during vinification and aging.  Its sense of place is also enhanced by spontaneous yeast fermentation rather than a commercial formula.

Wine Advocate and International Wine Cellar – whose inherent tastes rarely seem to converge – both awarded this wine 90 points with descriptors like “electrifying, expansive, lively, and delicious.” We couldn’t agree more and even though we carry some fine Rioja in the store already, thought that this one stood out for its purity, energy and overall complexity. And for $18 we thought it was a great value.

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