Telmo Rodríguez

Rioja (Labastida)

'Tabuerniga' Single Vineyard 2018


Wow! A nose of incredible depth quintessentially Rioja, it draws you in and down, vortex-like. Clay, red berry and black lavender and (wild raspberries on/and the bush), and a host of herbs waft up from the incredible depth of smell here. Not merely regal but outright imperial in register, without any puffed chest self-awareness. Soft and delta-reach fruit slows down on a shore of deep fine tannin prickled with extremely flavoursome (herb and spice countryside tasting) acidity.