Bodega Lanzaga ‘El Velado’, Rioja
Single vineyard bottling, El Velado is a field blend of mainly Tempranillo and Garnacha with some white varieties from a small plot of 80 year old vines. Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation and aged for 15 months in 500 litre old french oak.
“One of the four single-vineyard bottlings from Rioja, from a vineyard planted with a majority of Garnacha and Tempranillo, produced an unusually fine wine in 2016, even though it tends to be the more rustic of the single vineyards and has more tannins than the others. I’m talking about the 2016 El Velado, from a plot planted over 80 years ago. I find a bit of ripeness here and a little more rusticity on the palate, with grainy tannins and an earthy sensation. 1,500 bottles produced” – Wine Advocate
Telmo Rodríguez was one of the first to produce wines in multiple regions in Spain—something we now think is normal, but it was a rarity back in 1994 when he started with his business partner and fellow winemaker, Pablo Eguzkiza. The company (the full name of the project is Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez) really took off in 1998 when they left Remelluri, Rodríguez’s family property in Rioja, where both worked part time.