Telmo Rodriguez Toro Pago La Jara
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.
|This wine is unbelievable, extremely seductive and seamless despite its strength and
|92 Points ~ Wine Advcoate "2005 Pago La Jara spent 18 months in new French oak. It reveals a super-expressive aromatic array of toasty new oak, smoke, lavender, spice box, blackberry, and black cherry. A behemoth on the palate, this still tightly wound wine shows off a big mouthful of ripe, savory fruit, big tannins, exceptional density, and a decade of aging potential."
|From ungrafted vines in Toro, that Telmo was among the first to bring global attention to a decade ago.
The key to Toro is to achieve balance given the high temperatures, and Telmo works in the Southern,
coolest area of the region with very old bush vines of local Tempranillo planted on the distinctive red soils
of the area.