Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spainâ€™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. Perhaps most impressive, while Telmo Rodriguez 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.
Telmo studied viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux and was the winemaker at his family winery in Rioja, Remelluri, and then set off on his own in the early 1990s to discover new vineyards and regions all around Spain. He now makes a range of wines in diverse viticultural areas of Spain, with an emphasis on the following:
o Telmoâ€™s vineyards are biodynamically farmed
o All vines are exclusively bush-trained, the traditional Spanish method
o Sites with exceptional terroir
o Varietals traditional to their regions
o Replanting only with massal selections
Telmo was among the first to make significant wines in Toro, Rueda, Valdeorras, Malaga, Alicante and Cigales. In these areas he uses native varietals, often grapes rediscovered such as Godello, Verdejo, Moscatel and Monastrell which do not have wide recognition. With other classically recognized varietals such Tempranillo, Garnacha and Carignan, he works with vines that are indigenous and reflect the character of their particular site. As a result, Telmo has been one of the leaders of the quality revolution with these varietals in up and coming areas such as Toro, as well as in the traditional areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.
Telmo Rodriguez Basa 2014
The 2014 blend is 90% Verdejo, 10% Viura, giving it a more important focus on the native Verdejo than in the past, and doing away with Sauvignon Blanc. As always, it is a fantastically refreshing yet serious bottle of wine, with a range of aromas and flavors from stony mineral ... more
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Telmo Rodriguez Dehesa Gago 2013
The distinctive red soils produce a Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo) with tremendous fruit concentration, ripeness, acidity, tannins and structure. Dehesa Gago is the wine Telmo has used to discover and understand the vineyards of Toro, a pure wine that eschews oak and showcases fruit. more
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