Telmo Rodriguez ranks among the top of Spain’s pantheon of elite winemakers. Originally from Rioja, he has spent many years exploring Spain’s numerous wine appellations. Charismatic and articulate, he is a leading spokesperson for the country’s many indeginouse grape varieties. First arriving on the scene in the early 1990’s, Telmo partnered with his friend Pablo Eguzkiza to create Comapania de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez. The project has identified and restored sites in nine different wine regions across the country. In the late 90’s Telmo and Pablo were part of a movement to rediscover the vineyards of Toro. Located near the western border with Portugal, this appellation is largely rural and arid. Gago Viticultores de Toro was created to produce wines from Toro’s local expression of Tempranillo, Tinta de Toro.
Made from 100% Tinta de Toro, the Dehesa Gago is an archetypal example of red wine from Toro. Produced from grapes harvested from vineyards in Argujillo, Villabuena, and Morales, the wine was fermented with indegenous yeasts, and aged for 6 months in stainless steel tanks. Bold and inky in colour, this deeply flavoured wine expresses succulent notes of blackberries, black cassis, and dried figs.