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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

The arrival of "la Compañía" in La Rioja, along with Telmo’s own working knowledge gained at Remelluri, his family’s highly reputable winery, heralded wines that emerged in the Bordeaux style: the "Médoc Alavés". LZ is from vineyards in the Rioja Alavesa that has a particular climate, where Mediterranean weather conditions merge with the purer Atlantic elements. Junior in rank to Lanzaga, this is an unpretentious, decent wine made along simple lines that spends a few months ageing in vats and has no contact with wood.

Contrary to the new vintage wines from Rioja, very tart-tasting and extremely light (to such an extent that some people call them diluted), LZ displays very lively tonality, splendid acidity and moves lightly in the glass. On swirling the glass, slight traces of fermentation and reduction can be detected, wonderfully accompanied by the delightful lactic aroma and that of tart strawberry syrup, giving way after a bit of aeration to earthy aromas of black pepper and green peppers. Showing a sharp edge, LZ comes over as dynamic and powerful; any sharpness can be acknowledged as emanating from the earthy-spicy factor. Marvellous, with a long, fresh-tasting finish, that leaves a really clean feel. A lot of work for just an unpretentious wine!

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Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Ratings and awards

202292 PK
202191 PK92 SK
202091 PK
201990 PK94 SK
201891 PK
201691 PK
PK: ParkerSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The young and unoaked 2021 LZ from Rioja comes from a year with low yields in Lanciego and wines with lots of color and high acidity. It fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts, where it matured for six to seven months before bottling. This is their Marcel Lapierre Morgon wannabe, juicy, fleshy, super drinkable, with a velvety texture. 65,017 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2022.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2021 - 91 PARKER

Customer reviews

15 reviews

The winery

Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez

Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez

Telmo Rodríguez and Pablo Eguzkiza started work on their wine project in 1994 with, as they admit, few resources but plenty of ideas. The firm they set up, Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez, has grown based on the pair's travels around winemaking regions to understand and experience Spain as a complex and unique winemaking country with incredibly diverse and rich landscapes.   Top quality winemaking traditions, experience in...