Elegant and pure, Telmo’s flagship cuvee displays wonderful concentration of fruit without extraction. A wine of depth and complexity.
Wine Enthusiast 94 points - The last Altos that was this good came in 2004; this vintage is on a par with that superb wine courtesy of deep plum, mocha and marzipan aromas. This is a modern Rioja with impeccable balance despite being huge and tannic. Flavors of cassis, black cherry and dark plum operate off a mocha base, while the finish is toasty and chocolaty, with a note of black coffee. Best from 2015-2024. - Editor’s Choice (Oct 2013)
Telmo Rodriguez is widely recognized one of Spain’s most talented and prolific winemakers. A proud student and proponent of Spain’s viticultural history, he is leading a revival that focuses on planting indigenous varietals and rediscovering forgotten regions of superior terroir. Telmo studied viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux and was the winemaker at Remelluri, his family winery in Rioja, before setting off on his own in 1990. He spends most of his time and efforts in the vineyards – he farms biodynamically, he trellises his vines using the traditional bush method and only uses massale selections to replant. Telmo understands that most people will be introduced to him through his baseline cuvees, therefore he puts as much attention into his everyday wines as he does his rare and limited bottlings.
|The fruit is sourced from 70+ year old vines from seven vineyards in Rioja Alavesa, one of the coolest growing areas in Rioja. The Tempranillo, Graciano and Garncha grapes are trodden by foot in shallow stone vats. Fermentation occurred in large, open-top wood vats, after which the wine aged for 18 months in large oak casks and smaller barrriques.