Like all the Telmo Rodriguez wines from Toro, the Dehesa Gago is 100% Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo). It’s generous with its deep fruit, while showing a balance seldom seen in the region. Dehesa Gago is picked by hand from bush vines, and fermented in neutral cement casks and stainless steel. It is then aged for 4-6 months in cement tanks.
This full-bodied red presents notes of black fruit, spice, violets and licorice that are concentrated yet balanced.
Telmo Rodriguez is widely recognized as one of Spain’s most talented and prolific winemakers. A proud student and proponent of Spain’s viticultural history, he’s 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.
90 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2011 G Dehesa Gago eschews oak – the wine is just put in the tank and then racked. It has a straightforward bouquet of blueberry, red cherries and a touch of balsamic that is well-defined and “pert.” The palate is quite succulent and primal on the entry with lush blueberry and cassis notes. It offers a pleasing, grainy texture with that balsamic note returning on the finish. Delightful.