Telmo Rodriguez - Bodega Lanzaga

2016 El Velado

BLEND | Mostly Garnacha and Tempranillo with some other old varieties, including white.

VINEYARDS | This eighty year old vineyard is on the most eastern part of Lanciego, facing mostly west and south with good exposure. It is just under a hectare in size (.93ha) with traditional bush vines on chalky clay at 610 meters altitude.

WINEMAKING | Hand picked with wild yeast primary fermentation in open oak casks followed by 15 months aging in 500L French oak.

PRESS | 97 JS & 93 WA

“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.” - Luis Gutierrez

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