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In 1994, Pablo Eguzkiza and Telmo Rodríguez, along with a third oenologist, created a Garnacha from old bush vineyards in Navarra. The wine was called Alma (soul). This is how the business started, originally under the name of Compañía de Vinos de La Granja. The name was a declaration of intent: it made it clear that the company would be producing more wines in the future and contained a homage to La Granja, the famous glassworks, a centre of outstanding Spanish craftwork that has all but...
The deep ruby/purple-hued Altos de Lanzaga exhibits a sumptuous bouquet of black raspberries, kirsch, plums, figs, white chocolate, and spicy oak. Medium to full-bodied, with loads of character as well as glycerin, and a heady finish, this modern-styled Rioja will drink well for 7-8 years.
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The 2006 Altos de Lanzaga comes from a different parcel of biodynamically farmed vines and aged in oak for 18 months. It shows the additional oak exposure both on the nose and palate but is on its way to being well-integrated. This is a serious, complex effort in a modern style that will evolve for 3-4 years and drink well through 2023.See detailed press review