Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’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: 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.
LUIS GUTIERREZ - WINE ADVOCATE
The simply amazing 2015 Las Beatas has been in bottle since May 2017. 2015 saw an early harvest that resulted in a wine with a little less alcohol but also less acidity, at least in theory. It's still very young and felt closed at first and took time to take off, but once it did there was no stopping it. It's a wine that takes time to reveal itself in the glass, and I believe the evolution in bottle will also be very slow. This is a powerful vintage with pungent flavors, amazing intensity and great length. It combines power with elegance. There is great detail with floral aromas, nuanced and finessed, a wine that opens up and doesn't stop changing in the glass. It has the elegance and freshness of the 2013, but it feels one step up in depth and complexity. The level of detail, precision and elegance here is really outstanding. This is truly a world-class wine. Did they make magnums? 1,512 bottles were produced in 2015. This will be released around May 2018, perhaps earlier. Beware, it might fly!
Deep blue fruit, purple cherries, blood plums and immaculately fresh fruit. This is so silky, so delicate and so fresh. Exuberant with a sexy tannin texture, this is curvy and long with purpose and depth. Woody nutmeg spice arrives late. This has an incredibly long build and endless depth. Try from 2021.