Corriente – the ‘Cosecheros’ wine, Lantziego. At the beginning of last century, cosecheros or growers from Rioja Alavesa usually produced a village wine called ‘Rioja Corriente’: common wine, young but honest, for everyday drinking, leaving ‘Riojas Selectos’ for special occasions. The idea of such a wine held great appeal to Telmo and Pablo, who now reproduce the style with bush-vine fruit from six such cosecheros in the Lantziego municipality. Many of these are old vineyards with a natural mix of Garnacha, Graciano and even some white vines among the Tempranillo.
Corriente is made in raw concrete and aged in a mixed regime of barrel and foudre for a year. A simple, modest project, si? At a glance, yes, but also revolutionary: without bodega artefact, and freed from the corporations and the Consejo Regulador, it is an archeological find: the true taste of village Rioja revealed. As an exercise in resurrecting history, Corriente speculates at how lovely ‘regular’ Rioja may have been in the late 19th century (perhaps even until the 1960s), and demonstrates how far things had slid by 2000. It signals a future Rioja whose everyday wines will be more real than factory Crianzas … Fermented in concrete and very gently aged in old vats without being worked, ‘Corriente’ is a pure, delicious, really stylish Rioja. Savoury, elegant and tasting of history. - The Spanish Acquisition
The label shows ‘Bueno de Diario’ which translates to ‘our daily goodness’. The 2016 Corriente delivers it in spades. It’s smooth dark cherry and juicy earthen fruit glides across the palate, underpinned by a seductive weight, length and persistence. Telmo Rodriguez over delivers here, in style and value. Highly recommended. -
Todd Slater, FWC