2016 Bodegas Lanzaga (Telmo Rodriguez) "LZ" Rioja

SKU #1349471 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The unoaked red 2016 LZ is produced with a blend of head-pruned Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano from the village of Lanciego. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats for 15 days and matured in tank for four to six months. This is super expressive, from an unusual year that delivered quality and quantity, a rare combination. It's a superb, characterful, approachable Rioja with a completely different profile, fruit-driven with notes of licorice and an absence of wood, more in the style of a wine from Marcel Lapierre than what most people expect from a label that says Rioja. Superb value too. (LG)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

Produced by the owner of the famous Rioja estate, Remelluri, this latest cuvée from Telmo Rodriguez reflects his eye for terroir, innovation, and his strong desire to move the great region of Rioja forward. Here we have an unoaked blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Graciano from the village of Lanciego, a wine that is incredibly detailed, expressive, and drinkable -- deceptively simple yet impeccably made.

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Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2018 | Send Email
This is a truly fresh, special Rioja, with unique vinification! Fermented whole cluster in concrete, never seeing oak, Bodegas Lanzaga "LZ" is bursting forth with juicy fruit notes of bright bing cherry and ripe strawberry, and finishes with an unfettered rocky minerality. An everyday drinker with depth and charm, "LZ" will make any occasion more interesting.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2018 | Send Email
This Rioja is unique in that it sees no oak aging and is instead fermented and held in concrete vats and stainless steel tanks. It is driven more by the character of fruit rather than oak regime or by manipulation through winemaking. On the nose, aromas of blackberry jam, ripe pluots, and baked cherries play with a bouquet of wet stone, dusty minerality, and floral notes. On the palate, the wine expresses flavors of ripe berries and cherries, but is not overly plush or round. The wine is lean and precise, with a decent of amount of tannins accompanying. Mineral flavors as well on the finish. A delicious and affordable expression of Spanish Tempranillo

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2018 | Send Email
Immediately after opening one of our recently arrived bottles of LZ , I quickly nosed the bottle and was absolutely floored by the aromatics: juicy peaches, macerated red fruits, almost like a berry and peach cobbler before it goes into the oven. There is a delicately candied quality as well, which leads to a palate that delivers on all the freshness and brightness promised on the nose, with a finish that shows a chalky and tannic quality that you might expect from unoaked Tempranillo grown in a prime Rioja Alavesa village. This is the type of Tempranillo driven field blend, fermented with a portion of whole clusters (which are de-stemmed prior to pressing) that I imagine would be similar to the wine made in the region prior to the large scale introduction of small barrels in the mid to late 19th century. Rioja is in the midst of a renaissance, and fortunately for wine lovers, this time around it's not points, toasty new barrels and triple digit pricing, but brightly fruited, humbly priced yet delicious bottles of wine which are leading the way.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14