Bodegas LAN Rioja Reserva
WHY WE LOVE IT
- One of Rioja’s most celebrated Reserva bottlings, this comes from 25-year-old vines sitting in cool climate parcels in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa.
Varietal Composition: 92% Tempranillo 8% Mazuelo
Elaboration: Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, temperature of the fermentation 83°F – 86°F. 3 weeks maceration with constant pumping over in order to develop fruit and color. Aged in mixed barrels (American and French oak) for at least 18 months, followed by 21 months in bottle.
Tasting Notes: Bright, ripe cherry red. Intense and complex in aromas. Aromas of ripe red fruit, enveloped in white flowers, almond blossom and broom. Touches of cinnamon and resinous notes. Velvety on the attack, smooth and delicate. It is elegant, balanced and harmonious on the palate. A long finish, leaving a pleasant aftertaste that encourages you to take another sip.
2012 – 91 James Suckling | 91 Wine Spectator
2015 – 91 James Suckling
2016 – 91 Wine Spectator
2017 – 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.