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.”

28 October 2013 News

In a recent blog post on, Jamie Goode singled out the Al Muvedre from Telmo Rodriguez and the Lopez de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Blanco Vina Tondonia 2001 as examples of two superb wines in Berry Bro & Rudd’s selection. His notes on the Al Muvedre are as follows:

Telmo Rodriguez Al Muvedre 2012 Alicante, Spain
Beautifully aromatic with bright cherry fruit. Floral and fresh with a hint of pepper. Fresh, juicy palate with bright, supple fruit and a bit of spice. Fresh and delightful and an amazing value for money red. 90/100

Click here to read the full post!

3 October 2013 News

The Food section of The Washington Post published an article, “Taste Wines of Spain and France, Head to Head”, giving this weeks recommendations that offer Spanish wines and French wines. With 3 Stars for “Exceptional”, the top Spanish red was Telmo Rodriguez’ Dehesa Gago 2012. Click here to read the full article and see below for tasting notes!

Dehesa Gago 2012

★ ★ ★Toro, Spain, $16

“I’ve been a fan of winemaker Telmo Rodriguez for several vintages. This year’s edition of his 100 percent Tinto de Toro (a local clone of tempranillo) is the best yet: lush and intense with black cherry and blackberry flavors, perfectly balanced with acidity and earthiness. It’s modern in style, unoaked and intended to be drunk young. Fist-pumping, table-thumping good. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent.”

15 August 2013 News, Videos

The Wine Spectator has just posted on their home page a great new video with Telmo Rodriguez, in which he discusses his Burgundian approach to producing Rioja and the diversity of soil types in Ribera del Duero. Click here to view!


16 April 2013 News

In the May 2013 issue of Food & Wine Magazine, a small feature gave readers four great Almost-Extinct Grapes to try – Malagousia, Nascetta, Godello, and Pecorino. “Winemakers across Europe have worked to save indigenous grape varieties from extinction, often bringing them back from a few surviving vines.” The 2011 Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Godello was selected as a “Bottle to Try” in the Godello category. See below to read a little more about each of the almost-extinct grape varieties.

15 March 2013 News

The Washington Post published their top-5 “Wines to Try” in their wine column on March 13. Among the five recommended wines was Telmo Rodriguez’ 2011 Dehesa Gago, with the top score of 2 stars (meaning “exceptional”).  Read the tasting note below!


Dehesa Gago 2011


Toro, Spain, $16

“Star Spanish winemaker Telmo Rodriguez produces this sensuous red from old-vines Tinto de Toro, the local name for Spain’s flagship tempranillo. Fermented in concrete and stainless steel, this unoaked wine is lush and dense, almost chewy in texture. Any restaurant with a charcuterie plate should carry this bottle.”

16 January 2013 News

Food & Wine Magazine released their Pairing of the Day for February 4-8, 2013. First up is Chile Shrimp with Butter Beans and Lemony Couscous paired with the 2011 Telmo Rodriguez Basa.  The dish is “a tangy, caper-studded couscous with butter beans and lemon juice makes a delicious base for quickly sautéed spicy shrimp” with a wine pairing a “zippy, medium-bodied Spanish white”. To see the full recipe click here.


3 January 2013 News

Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate has a piece up on the Parker website detailing his favorite wines of the year.  Included is a list of  his top current releases tasted in 2012, and Telmo’s Altos de Lanzaga 2009 comes in as the #3 wine!

“The 2009 Altos de Lanzaga has a more introverted bouquet than the 2007: tightly coiled with fine delineation and purity. The palate is beautifully defined with great weight and intensity without compromising upon its elegance and poise. Like the 2007, there is a Burgundy like allure to this weight, with tremendous clarity on the finish. “Stunning” is the word that springs to mind. Drink 2015-2025+” 96 Points, Neal Martin



29 November 2012 News

The popular New York City Spanish restaurant Boqueria has a special feature on Telmo Rodriguez this month. The Boqueria restaurants were inspired by the best tapas bars in Barcelona, Spain. Their detailed blog post is dedicated to Telmo and his story, and invites diners to join together in celebrating the great wines of Compañia de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez as they feature Gaba do Xil Mencia, MR, Dehesa Gago, Gago, and Pegaso in all three of their locations. Click below to read the full piece.

29 November 2012 News

The San Francisco Examiner published an article highlighting Rueda whites and what they have to offer as an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. “If you love sauvignon blanc but want to stay in the $15-or-less price range, what are your options without compromising quality? I have one word for you: Rueda. Rueda is an appellation in the Castilla y Leon region of Spain. Not exactly one of the more scenic parts of the country, it is on a high plain with the Duero River being its most interesting geographic feature. Nonetheless, winemaking has been important to the area for a millennium.” The article recommends three terrific Ruedas to try, one of which is the Telmo Rodriguez Basa 2011. Click below to read the full article and comments on the wine!