Telmo Rodriguez Pago la Jara Toro 2016 (94+ WA) (94+)
“2015 saw a cold and rainy winter, but the warm and pretty dry spring was followed by a dry summer with a prolonged heat wave, so the 2015 Pago La Jara was produced with grapes that were harvested early, as in 2014. In fact, the harvest started on exactly the same day for both years, September 18th. They use grapes from five plots from this four-hectare vineyard that shares ownership with other producers, like Dominio del Bendito. The grapes are almost all Tinta de Toro, the local strain of Tempranillo, with a little white Albillo Mayor. The grapes, not completely destemmed, fermented in 3,000-liter oak vats and matured in a combination of 225-liter barrels and 1,500-liter oak foudres.”
Pago la Jara is Telmo’s flagship wine from Toro, made in minute quantities. Opulent and dense, but with trademark balance and seamless style, Pago la Jara represents the world-class level the terroir of Toro can display.
Rioja, Valdeorras, Toro, Spain
Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered as well as known regions. While Telmo makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognized for the tremendous value they offer.