Telmo Rodriguez - Bodega Lanzaga
2016 Las Beatas
Field blend of eight or nine local varieties
Las Beatas is a 1.9 hectare vineyard at the northwestern most area of Rioja Alavesa. Ten levels of terraces facing east, south and northwest between 500 and 600 meters altitude.
Hand picked with wild yeast primary fermentation in open oak casks followed by 14 months aging in a single 1200 liter foudre.
PRESS | 100 JS & 99 WA
“I was really anxious to taste the 2016 Las Beatas after the other-worldly 2015, where the field blend of eight or nine grape varieties produced 1,532 bottles from the 1.9 hectares of vines. The wine matured in a 1,200-liter oak foudre in a very cold cellar that provides a very slow evolution of the wine. It’s elegant, subtle and delicate, shy and slow to open up in the glass. The palate reveals great balance and very fine chalky tannins, with great purity and depth, and it’s -more insinuating than in-your-face, with energy and length. I kept the bottle and retasted it a few hours later, because I like to see how a wine like this evolves. It developed further nuance; it is a world class wine.”” - Luis Gutierrez
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