Telmo-Rodriguez Winery

The philosophy behind the Telmo Rodriguez company has always been to use native Spanish varieties (when the planting of foreign varieties has been the norm in almost every Spanish wine region), and where possible to recover and renovate abandoned or forgotten vineyards.
 
This is how the Molino Real 'mountain wine' project in Malaga emerged. It was the history and endangered status of this southern Spanish wine treasure that drove Telmo and Pablo to recreate 'mountain wine'.

Telmo Rodriguez is a passionate opponent of the internationalisation of Spanish vineyards, and is dedicated to a way forward for Spain which combines indigenous varieties with superior viticulture and winemaking. He and his wine-making and viticulturist partner, Pablo Eguzkiza, created 'Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez' with the aim of selecting outstanding vineyards to produce the best regionally typical varieties.
 
The company's work in Rioja is based on the search for the soul of the region, returning to the villages where a few special plots express themselves in a single wine.
 
 
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Telmo Rodriguez 'Almuvedre' Monastrell 2010

Fine and polished nose - floral, figgy and gently meaty, it's a delicate and perfectly varietal expression of Monastrell. Soft, wide tannins start the mouth off and a long rip of ripe acid in the back half really straightens things out. Almuvedre has long been one of the bargain wines of the world and the style-quality-value amalgam continues to boggle the mind.   Alicante is an old .....

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Telmo Rodriguez 'Altos De Lanzaga' Tempranillo 2009


96 Points Wine Advocate

"Tobacco, Indian ink, anise and lots and lots of field herbs, mineral, a subtle unrolling of fruit, inky spice ... already a masterpiece of harmony and understatement, and with a long future ahead." Importer's Note "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 grea .....

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Telmo Rodriguez 'Basa' Verdejo 2012

"This is very much the modern face of Spain, being picked into small baskets, de-stemmed, must chilled and fermented in stainless steel. Biological viticulture, and no additions in the winery – just perfectly balanced sugar/acid/tannin in the berry which is then carefully nurtured into balanced wine. Gorgeous texture without overt fructose, perfectly savoury minerality and really good l .....

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Telmo Rodriguez 'Dehesa Gago' Tempranillo 2011


90 Points Stephen Tanzer

"Inky ruby. Ripe red fruit and floral oils on the fragrant nose. Pliant and sweet, offering juicy raspberry and cherry compote flavors and deeper licorice and bitter chocolate nuances. Fine-grained tannins come on late and add grip to a long, spice- and smoke-accented finish. This wine drinks very well now after a bit of aeration." 90 Points Stephen Tanzer  

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Telmo Rodriguez 'Gaba Do Xil' Godello 2012


89 Points Wine Advocate

"There's a hint of lanolin and wax as usual for Godello, but lemon-melon-pear are the main flavours, particularly canned pear. Texture is slinky-creamy with mineral and a nip of fresh acid at the finish." Importer's Note "The 2012 Gaba do Xil Godello is fermented in stainless steel, shows a light yellow color, with notes of apricot, white peach, good acidity and a succulent .....

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Telmo Rodriguez 'Gaba Do Xil' Mencia 2011


90 Points Wine Advocate

"Highly fragrant and floral, with dried herbs, violets and caponata-like pepperiness inflecting gamey red fruits. Trademark Mencia smoky meatiness, gentle fruit tannin and a long herb/acid tang finish. Mid-weight, delicious and very stylish wine; best suited to spring/summer/autumn, but fully deserving a year-round listing we feel." Importer's Note "The 2011 Gaba do Xil Mencia .....

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Telmo Rodriguez 'Gazur' Tempranillo 2012

"Plum-cola, tobacco and some dark, earthy minerality, it’s a nose that speaks softly but clearly that it’s a Ribera. The cold metal minerality threads all the way through a bright purply-briary palate, juice thickened with plush-dry fruit tannin, it’s all velvety and studded with spice." Importer's Note

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Telmo Rodriguez 'Lanzaga' Tempranillo 2009


91 Points Wine Advocate

"All husky and nutty-earthy, with cola and red heather; elegant, mature and earthy fruit tannins, savoury,subtle, profoundly well-balanced, with a great sneakily long palate elaboration. The Rioja we've been waiting for!" Importer's Note "The 2009 Lanzaga possesses outstanding clarity on the nose with mineral-rich red currant and Morello aromas that exude Burgundy-like puri .....

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Telmo Rodriguez 'LZ' Tempranillo 2012


89 Points Wine Advocate

"Now in a 'burgundy' bottle - wonder what on earth Telmo and Pablo are getting at here? Well … A jam-packed cranberry+field herb nose (red lavender anyone?) is perfectly struck - fresh fruit and earth, lift and depth ... The palate is perfumed, ovoid, lissom, and really harmonious - built beautifully on Telmo's trademark natural fruit tannin-acid twin-track. Juicy and deft, .....

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Telmo Rodriguez 'M2 De Matallana' Tempranillo 2009


90 Points Wine Spectator

"Black cherry, licorice, mineral and sanguine flavors mingle in this reserved red. More harmonious than expressive, with a solid backbone and a savory finish. Drink now through 2019" 90 Points Wine Spectator

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Telmo Rodriguez 'Mountain Blanco' Dry Moscatel 2011

"A dry white selection of Telmo’s mountain-top Moscatel. Electrifying nose: pollen, tiny tart green grapes, poached white nectarine, wattle, bramble and spiced honeycomb; deep, fine minerally yellow soil. Great texture and line, with almost succulent fruit up front, then drawn down to leanness and nerve." Importer's Note

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Telmo Rodriguez 'MR' Moscatel (500ml) 2009


91 Points Stephen Tanzer

"Pale gold. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet displays fresh melon, nectarine, tangerine and honey scents, with a strong overlay of flowers. Juicy and sweet, with tangy acidity adding lift to the pit fruit nectar and honeydew flavors. Distinctly sweet but lively and precise, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering spiciness." 91 Points Stephen Tanzer

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Telmo Rodriguez Pegaso 'Granito' Garnacha 2009

"The granite vineyards of the 'Pegaso Granito' are high altitude, but flatter in profile than the 'Pizzara' and oriented to the north. The cold mineral soil and cool orientation really does promote amazing finesse and delicacy in the fruit of these 100 yo+ vase pruned bush vines. Orange juice/Tahitian lime aromas layer with bracken over spicy red berry fruit. Good volume on en .....

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Telmo Rodriguez Pegaso 'Pizzara' Garnacha 2009

"A ‘barranco’ is a radical vineyard, and they really are: brown schist, ravine-steep, ultra-high-altitude, no ‘soil’to speak of, and quite minerally with lots of quartz. Fruit from old, niggardly centenarian bush-vines, now farmed biodynamically, is now gently handled in large older French oak and concrete eggs. Smells of brick-dust, floral red fruits, pimiento and woo .....

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