Bodega Lanzaga, LZ Rioja 2019



Grapes come from younger vines across a selection of vineyards (Campoluengo, Las Rozas, Castillejo, El Romeral, Agozaderas and El Plano) around the village of Lanciego de Álava in Rioja Alavesa north of the river Ebro. The vineyards sit across two main soil types: shallow, stony, limy, silty soils on flat sandstone plateaus; and gentle slopes with moderately deep, less stony, limy soils of a very fine texture over a base of marl. Altitudes range between 500 and 700 meters.

LZ is a bright lively un-oaked Rioja. Telmo Rodriguez, who’s been rediscovering and recovering historic regions and vines around Spain for more than 30 years with business partner Pablo Eguzkiza, describes it as a tribute to the local village grape growers of the 1920s: “We respect the capacity of generations of vine growers who observed these places and recognised their value.”

It has red fruit aromas with a touch of spice. Fresh on the palate, with ripe cherry and cranberry notes with a well-balanced acidity, light tannins and mineral notes.

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