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2017 Bodegas Lanzaga (Telmo Rodriguez) "El Velado" Rioja

SKU #1488294 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The higher-altitude vineyards like some of the ones used for the 2017 El Velado resisted the spring frost of the year better, and despite being riper, the wine has managed to keep its poise and balance. This comes from a plot at 600 meters altitude planted 80+ years ago. Like the rest, it fermented in open 3,000-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in barriques and foudres for some 15 months. They have kept the Burgundian bottle here because there is more Garnacha. This is a little more straightforward, with less complexity compared with the other single-vineyard bottlings, a lactic touch and a chalky tannins. 1,524 bottles were filled in May 2019. (LG) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

K&L Notes

From the importer's website: "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. El Velado is a field blend of mostly Garnacha and Tempranillo, but other old varieties are also present including some white. Hand picked with wild yeast primary fermentation in open oak casks followed by 15 months aging in 500L French oak."

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