La Social Rioja 2015
La Social is a new and eminently approachable release from Telmo Rodriguez, made with grapes from trusted suppliers who follow Telmo’s vine growing philosophy, as well as a small portion of estate grapes. Their aim with La Social is to produce a completely pure and authentic expression of Rioja – a delicious, unpretentious, everyday wine to enjoy in a social setting. The result is an extremely fresh and lively wine, with juicy plum fruit and traces of dark chocolate and violet.
The fruit for La Social is 100% hand harvested in the villages of Lanciego de Alava and Labastida, both located in Rioja Alavesa. Unlike modern vineyards in Rioja today, where Tempranillo dominates plantings, many vines are trellised, and other varieties are planted in separate rows, these vineyards are a field blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha, all trained as bush vines – a throwback to the way Rioja vineyards were planted in the past.
The wine ferments with wild yeasts in a combination of cement and stainless steel tanks, and aged for 10 months in neutral Frenchoak barrels (mostly 225 liters but also 3,000 liter Foudres).
2015 as a vintage was a relatively hot one. The extreme summer heat caused a block in vine development, giving way to a late harvest which in the end gave a wonderful balance of both ripeness and freshness.
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Jeb Dunnuck - "Readers looking for a value-priced Rioja that delivers the goods should check out the 2015 La Social, which is based on 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and the rest Garnacha. Completely destemmed and aged all in French oak, it offers classic notes of ripe currants, graphite, dried earth and a dusty minerality. It’s a classic Rioja, with medium-bodied richness, plenty of fruit, and ripe tannin. Enjoy it over the coming 2-4 years."
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