Luis Gutierrez 92!
The 2010 Lanzaga from vineyards in Lanciego is the 12th vintage for this brand, but there was a big change in 2008 when they built their new winery. All wines are fermented in concrete and aged in foudre and barrique. For Telmo, the tiny Lanciego is the last Mediterranean village in Rioja Alavesa, the last one to have olive trees as well as the first Atlantic one where the crop is cereal, so it has a complexity of climate and a variety of red soils with sand underneath (approx one meter) and then the pure calcite that produces very elegant and complex wines. The 2010 version of Lanzaga is aromatically very pure and complex, with fine, polished tannins, some austerity and a strong personality. It develops some fennel, licorice and aniseed aromas, displaying its Mediterranean side with time, while it was truly Atlantic when uncorked. The nose is spectacular after an hour in the glass, so I’d open and decant it in advance if you are planning to drink it in the short term. 40,000 bottles were produced. Drink 2014-2020.
Lanzaga is the backbone of our project, the identity, the purest expression of our work in Lanciego. Made only from a selection of the best grapes from our own organic vineyards, Lanzaga brings together all the elements of our way of work; respect of the place, bush pruning, field blend, organic viticulture, concrete fermentation, aging in foudres and barrels of different sizes and origins, keeping always a limited production of human size. The result is a rich and complex expression of the village of Lanciego; a Rioja wine with a true sense of place; a serious and sophisticated wine that ages wonderfully.
Area: Rioja Alavesa
Village: Lanciego de Álava
Place: Atalaya, Majadales, Arroyo la Losa, Pasocastillo, Soto
Varieties: Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha
Viticulture: Bushvines. Organic viticulture. Manual harvest in boxes.
Processing and aging: Native yeasts. 14 months in fudres of 1500-2500 liters and 225 liters barrels.
Soils: Located at an altitude of 500 to 700 meters. We find two types of soils, both of continental origin from the tertiary era. Some are developed on sandstone plateaus and are shallow, flat, stony, limy and of silty texture. The others are found on slopes on marls and are moderately deep, with gentle slopes, less stony, limy and of a very fine texture.