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7 October 2016 News

Earlier this year, Telmo Rodriguez spent two days in the Lone Star state. A food writer from Houston’s beloved local magazine, My Table, tagged along while he presented his wines to the trade. Her hilariously forthright account of his visit (“The Truth about Terroir”) is full of great quotes, and can be downloaded here. Check it out!

 

 
19 September 2016 News

A recent article in Beverage Media focuses on promising white wines from Spain. In the article, Spanish wine importer Andre Tamers credits Telmo Rodriguez as one of the two leading winemakers, along with Raul Perez, for “showing other winemakers how to use wood as not just a flavor component” and “pushing flavor profiles that aren’t just about wood.” The article goes on to cite Basa as one of the top three “$20 and under” wines from Rueda. Click here to read the piece!

 
14 October 2015 News

Telmo Rodriguez’s Dehesa Gago 2013 was featured on the wine Web site “Opening a Bottle,” in a feature on Spanish Wines (“How to Host a Spanish Wine Tasting”). Below is an excerpt on the wine. Click here to view the full article!

“Tannic but not overbearing with loads of juicy dark fruit upfront, it showed an interesting tension between opposing elements: sweet hickory smoke one moment, an odd briny note the next; plush black cherries then dark cocoa and anise seed bitterness … So much of what this wine showed depended on which tapa I was noshing on from moment to moment.”

 
21 August 2015 News

El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, ranked the No. 1 restaurant in the world on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, decided to close their doors for a few weeks to launch a series of pop-up dinners at three locations across the U.S.: a luxury yacht in Miami, a country club in Birmingham, AL, and a restaurant in Houston.

The restaurant’s two chefs and sommelier (brothers), chose six Spanish wines to showcase at the events, to represent “products of excellence” from their home country. One of the wines selected is Telmo’s El Transistor, a stunning 100% Verdejo from Rueda from a single 10 acre vineyard of old vines on slopes, and aged in a combination of large barrels, cement and stainless steel – Basa’s bigger brother, if you will.

The events are taking place today in Birmingham (click here) and in Houston on August 24-26.  Click here for an article about the event in Miami, which appeared a few days ago in a local Spanish newspaper and specifically mentions the wine selection for the events.  There have also been a few local press hits in the Miami New Times and Eater.

 
14 August 2015 News

Today’s Wine Spectator home page features a great photo of Telmo Rodriguez in the vineyards, with the following caption: “Looking for value in Valdeorras? Telmo Rodríguez produces a white Godello and a red Mencía, both affordable and elegant.” The accompanying article, by Spanish critic and managing editor Thomas Matthews, focuses on “9 Distinctive Spanish Values.”  Click here to read his notes on the wines!

 
6 March 2015 News

Telmo Rodriguez is one of several prominent winemakers in Rioja proposing changes to the DOC.  In this quest he joins Juan Carlos de la Calle, the owner of Artadi wines who in 2014 decided to leave the Rioja DOC.  This move is largely a response to the current Reserva and Gran Reserva hierarchy that revolves around barrel and bottle age rather than quality.  Additionally, the majority of Rioja producers don’t own their vineyards and blend grapes from Rioja’s sub-regions.  As Telmo explains, “wine is not related to the real territory.”  Telmo is trying to change this, offering wines like Altos de Lanzaga from the village of Lanziego de Alava.  By putting wines such as this into the market, Telmo demonstrates the excellence of single vineyard sites.

The full piece can be read here.

 

 
15 December 2014 News

Luiz Gutierrez, Spanish wine critic for the Wine Advocate, selected Las Beatas 2011, Telmo Rodriguez’s new wine from Rioja, as one of three wines in his “Best of Spain 2014″ list!

 
20 November 2014 News

Decanter Magazine included Telmo Rodriguez’s Al-Muvedre 2013 in its Top 25 Spanish Wines under £25 list in its December issue.  Telmo Rodriguez’s wines offer both excellent quality and value to buyers.  Decanter’s commentary on the wine and the rest of the list can be found here.

 

 
27 June 2014 News

The new vintage of 2013 Basa from Telmo Rodriguez is listed as one of 5 “House Wines” (perfect and inexpensive wines for weeknight drinking) in the July issue of Food & Wine Magazine. The review is as follows:

2013 Telmo Rodriguez Basa ($15)

“White wines from Spain’s Rueda region tend to be unoaked, so they’re lively and great with lighter foods. Lemony, medium bodied Basa is made from the Verdejo grape.”

Click here for a PDF of the article.

 
2nd January 2014 News

Telmo Rodriguez’s most recent project, a single vineyard wine from Rioja called Las Beatas, received a 97-point rating in the just-released issue of the Wine Advocate! Spanish critic Luis Gutierrez calls it the biggest news in the WA’s Rioja report, along with a new joint venture from de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia. The wine has not yet been released, but see below for the WA’s tasting note:

“2011 is the first vintage for a single vineyard wine called Las Beatas. As soon as I saw the wine being poured in the glass I couldn’t help but think about Monty Python: And now for something completely different! Putting my nose in the glass just confirmed my first impression this is completely different, ground-breaking Rioja! From 2012, it will only be aged in foudre (1,200-liter) but part of the 2011 was in 225-liter barriques. The texture (and now that I think about it, the color and the nose too!) is like a Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny. This was one of the first vineyards Telmo and Pablo bought when they earned their first money, somewhere between Brinas and Labastida, in Las Beatas, where the soil is terraced and planted with mixed varieties. They have been buying all the surrounding plots, in some cases just the abandoned terraces. They restored the old walls and had to replant some vines, and in 2011 they mixed the original old vines with the new vines (they have 7-8 varieties co-planted) and produced this beauty of a wine, which aged in their cold cellars at a very low temperature. The color is a bright pale ruby, and it has an intoxicating nose. It’s a very aromatic, delicate, floral wine with silky tannins and pure flavors showing very young, extremely balanced, complex, and subtle, with tension and great acidity. Very perfect. They only produced 500 bottles in this initial vintage, but they have potential to produce up to 7,000 bottles, as they have 8,000 vines there. Their doubt is if they should age the wine for much longer in high-volume oak vats before bottling to really express the character of the vineyard or continue doing it like this. In any case, this is superb Burgundian, ground-breaking Rioja. Drink 2014-2028.”