Bodegas LAN Rioja Xtreme Crianza
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Produced from a plot of organically grown grapes. Mantible Ecológico, the name of this plot, is a 5-hectare parcel on the Viña Lanciano Estate.
- The Viña Lanciano Estate is the source for some of LAN’s most iconic wines including “Edición Limitada” and “Culmen” Reserva.
- This vineyard is located 1,312 ft above sea level with terrain sloping down in a East-West direction.
- Sandy loam soils with an abundance of small and medium-sized pebbles.
Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo
Elaboration: Hand harvest in small crates on the 16th and 17th of September. Subsequent sorting by bunch and berries on a double selection table. Alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts in a semi-truncated cone shaped tank with continuous pumping-over over 2-3 weeks to optimize color extraction. After alcoholic fermentation the wine was devatted and transferred to new French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place spontaneously. Over 14 months in new French oak barrels, with the wine naturally cleaned through decantation. The barrels that are used for organic wine can only be new or used solely for organic wine during a year.
Tasting Notes: Deep garnet red. Intense aromas of cranberries, very ripe red fruit, prunes and dried apricots. Touches of licorice and vanilla, cinnamon and resin. Structured, broad and flavorful on the palate
2015 – 91 James Suckling | 91 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.