Bodegas LAN Rioja Reserva
WHY WE LOVE IT
- A renewed classic: the perfect balance of fruit from La Rioja Alta and La Rioja Alavesa, refined with elegant touches of aging in barrels and bottles make big the little moments.
- This wine comes from 25 to 30-year-old vines sitting in cool climate parcels from select vineyards that have clayey-calcareous soils.
Varietal Composition: 95% Tempranillo 5% Mazuelo
Elaboration: Manual harvest. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Aging is carried out for 20 months in mixed barrels (American oak staves and French oak bottoms), with which we seek to maintain the intensity of the fruit and give it aromatic complexity. It spends another 22 months refining in the bottle before going on the market.
Tasting Notes: Intense and bright cherry red with garnet hues. The nose is complex, with an elegant symphony of notes of black fruits and berries assembled with aromas of vanilla and spices. Friendly and silky at the entrance. The palate is wide, long and very persistent.
2012 – 91 James Suckling | 91 Wine Spectator
2015 – 91 James Suckling
2016 – 91 Wine Spectator
2017 – 91 James Suckling | 90 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.