Bodegas LAN Rioja Gran Reserva
WHY WE LOVE IT
- LAN’s Gran Reserva comes from the top selection of the old vine, low yielding vineyards they work with in Rioja Alta.
- Aromatically and texturally this is spot-on for a Gran Reserva, but this release always has a way of singing in the glass with what seems like a whole extra layer of fruit.
- We also love that this has a good bit of Mazuelo in the mix!
Varietal Composition: 94% Tempranillo 6% Mazuelo
Elaboration: Destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 86º F. The wine was then macerated for 3 weeks, over-pumping the must daily to favor higher extraction of color and aromas.
2010 – 93 James Suckling
2011 – 94 James Suckling
2012 – 93 Wine Spectator
Bodegas LAN is a relative newcomer to the Rioja scene, having been founded in 1972. The name “LAN” is an acronym for the three provinces that make up Rioja, Logroño, Alava, and Navarra.
LAN produces some of the most consistent, value-driven examples of Rioja on the market, and is also is an established leader on the premium side. LAN’s iconic 72 hectare Viña Lanciano vineyard sits on a breathtaking natural meander along the Ebro river and is the basis for most of the company’s top bottlings.
The spirit of experimentation and innovation permeates the culture at LAN, and winemaker María Barúa is continually pushing the limits and preconceptions people have of the region.