Telmo Rodriguez is a bit of a Spanish wine rock star, having grown up in Rioja, where his family owns the famed Remelluri estate. Those are some serious winemaking roots! He's made great wine all over Spain, but here he returns to those Rioja origins. Bodegas Lanzaga is not large - about 15 hectares in Rioja Alavesa - and farmed biodynamically. The winemaking process itself is also a bit of a throwback: simply fermented and aged in small cement tanks before bottling. Mostly Tempranillo, as would be expected, with accents of Graciano and Garnacha, it's an easy-to-drink, lively red. Think ripe cherry and cranberry, with well-balanced acidity and tannins. Absolutely delicious, and a great value.
"We also jumped to the 2018 LZ, a juicy and insultingly young Rioja, with
bright aromas. It's fruit-driven but not banal and has depth and
complexity and round, soft tannins, without any make-up, a very pure,
honest everyday wine. It develops some meaty notes over time, and it's
more nuanced than the majority of young wines." 91 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate