96 rating Wine Advocate “Surprisingly enough, in 2016 they bottled one more vineyard separately to make the 2016 San Lázaro. It’s another vineyard in Laguardia, but this one is on sandier soils, just below Bodegas Palacios. The vines were planted in 1956 (the birth year of Juan Carlos López de Lacalle), 1.62 hectares that used to be part of the blend of Pagos Viejos. This was one of the first vineyards they bought, around 1994.” Luis Guttierez
As for 2017, López de la Calle did not want to miss the opportunity to talk about the April 28th frost in their region. He said it took “a percentage of our crop, and we were unable to do anything.” Similar to what they saw in most vineyards in northern Spain, yields were small and the vines got stressed by heat, which resulted in wines with more structure, more power and more rusticity but without the elegance of 2016. Carlos López de la Calle (Juan Carlos’s son) defines them as “austere, with some tannins that might require some more time in bottle, a little like 2004 or 2006—tannic years.” They lost some 25% of the volume, and the wines are ripe, quite fruit-driven and powerful.