Bodegas LAN Rioja Reserva “Viña Lanciano”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This is the flagship wine from LAN’s renowned “Lanciano” vineyard.
- Viña Lanciano is historic/demonstrative as it paved the way for single-vineyard Rioja in what has always been a traditionally-minded appellation where cross-vineyard blending was the norm even with top bottlings.
Varietal Composition: 87% Tempranillo, 8% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
Elaboration: Fermented in small stainless-steel tanks with long post-fermentation macerations and over-pumping the must daily to achieve better color extraction. Malolactic fermentation in small (225 L) French-oak barriques. The wine is aged for a total of 37 months. 19 months in oak (combines 12 months in French oak and 7 months in Russian-oak barrels) and 18 months in the bottle in our cellar prior to release.
2012 – 91 James Suckling | 95 Decanter World Wine Awards (Gold)
2015 – 90 Wine Spectator | 92 James Suckling
2016 – 91 Wine Spectator | 92 James Suckling
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.