Telmo Rodriguez - Bodega Lanzaga

2018 Tabuerniga

BLEND | Mostly Tempranillo with some Graciano, Mazuelo (Cariñena) and other varieties - up to ten different ones.

VINEYARDS | Located in the historic village of Labastida, Tabuérniga is a tiny 207 hectare vertical valley between 540-630 meters elevation with old, tight terraces. Traditional bush vines on limestone and clay soils.

WINEMAKING | Hand picked with wild yeast primary fermentation in open oak casks followed by 14 months aging in 1500L French oak foudre.


“This shows a solid core of fruit with such purity, offering blackberries, black cherries and dark chocolate (subtle). Full-bodied, but really refined and tight with precision and length. Incredibly deep and long. Energetic. Mostly tempranillo. From organically grown grapes. Needs at least five years to open.” - James Suckling

PRESS | 98+ WA

“The 2018 Tabuerniga is from one of the most beautiful vineyards in Rioja, a terraced place that is located at 540 to 630 meters in altitude and is farmed organically. It fermented in open-top oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in 1,500-liter oak foudres for 14 to 16 months following the most strict tradition. The wine is superb, subtle, elegant and refined, still a little young and closed but with a sense of harmony, depth and seriousness that puts it among the finest vintages for this wine. The palate is lively and vibrant, with purity and harmony; it's delineated, symmetric and seamless, with a silky palate. This is simply superb and develops further complexity with time in the glass, flowers a touch of meat and blood. This is my go-to wine from the single-vineyard bottlings.” - Luis Gutierrez

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