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Telmo Rodriguez Las Beatas 2016

TELMO RODRIGUEZ ~ Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Garnacha Blanca ~ 14.0 Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~

99RP / 98TA

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Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez | Bodega Lanzaga
Telmo Rodríguez & Pablo Eguzkiza
DOCa Rioja
Spain

7 bottles in stock

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"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 the most backward and reticent of all the Rioja wines here. 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. A superb Beatas. I later tasted it blind next to the 2015, and I don't think it quite reached the same level of nuance and elegance."

"I tasted the whole portfolio from Telmo Rodríguez at the same time as his wines from Rioja (and Remelluri), but I decided to include the notes from Rioja here in the context of the rest of the appellation. The rest of the regions are in an independent, separate article. In general, his 2016s are superb, and Rioja is no exception, a superb vintage where Tabuérniga really sang."

99 Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #243 | 28 June 2019

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"This the sixth vintage of this remarkable wine, now established as one of the world's great reds and fully deserving of the praise that has showered down upon it. Made with nine co- planted varieties, with Tempranillo accounting for 60% of the blend, it's rich, denser and more compact than the 2015, but every bit as exciting. If the former wine was like a Musigny, this is more Clos de Bèze, showing masses of perfume, dark plum and blackberry fruit, stylish, scented oak and a long, poised, balanced finish."

98 Points | Tim Atkin | www.timatkin.com | Rioja 2019 Special Report | 28 February 2019

  • Drink: 2019 - 2036
  • Production: Only 1.532 bottles in 2016
  • Treatment: 15 months in French oak (en foudre; 1.200 liter)
  • Remarks: Now established definitely as one of the world's great reds!