Bodegas Landaluce Capricho de Landaluce 2005
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Garnet cherry, with darker hues. Creamy aromas, with sweet notes of strawberry, cream, milk and coffee. There are also some hints of violets, and elegant cedar and graphite for a harmonious balance. An intense wine, fresh and full of flavor, decidedly fresh and fruity, with quality tannin and bold acid fruits. Finally, this develops into toast, cream, caramel, coffee and milk.
Wine Enthusiast - "Pure and penetrating, with full berry aromas and power throughout. Tight and generous in the mouth, with nice acidity and structured tannins. Tastes toasty and black, with loads of berry, chocolate and spice flavors. Impressive and big; drink now through 2017."
The Wine Advocate - "The Landaluce family farms 30 hectares of vines, predominantly Tempranillo. The 2005 Capricho de Landaluce was sourced from 80+-year-old Tempranillo vines and fermented and aged for 18 months in 500-liter French oak before bottling without filtration. Purple-colored, it offers up an expressive bouquet of wood smoke, earth notes, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it has layers of ripe black fruit, excellent depth and grip, enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, and a lengthy finish. It will profit from several additional years of cellaring and will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2020."
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated ruby. Sexy red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by cola, underbrush and incense. Fleshy and deeply concentrated, offering precise raspberry, blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors, plus a suave undercurrent of vanilla. The oak is completely absorbed by the sweet fruit on the clean, spicy, long finish. I'd like to see this with a few years of age but it would be no crime to drink it now, with a little air."
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Bodegas Landaluce Winery
Building on decades of family wine-growing tradition, in 2000 Goyo L. Landaluce decided to embark on a new phase, founding Bodegas Landaluce to make his own wines. Bodegas Landaluce is located in Laguardia, at the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region; at the feet of the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range, on the road leading to the ancient settlement of La Hoya, in an area known as Piñuelas. View all Bodegas Landaluce Wines
About Rioja(ree-OH-hah) Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha (Grenache)), which is sometimes added for body, then Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan). The region also makes roses. For whites, the main grape is Viura (or Macebo), producing fresh, early-drinking wines. Malvasia, the grape that was once the most planted white, is found less often.
Notable FactsThe Rioja wine trade is somewhat confusing. Grapes are typically brought to a merchant's bodega from one of the 20,000+ growers in the region, or via a cooperative. The wine is then bottled and labelled by that bodega. Rioja's Consejo Regulador keeps track of all vineyards and bodegas to make sure they are following the DOCa regulations. Put in place to ensure quality, the system also controls prices.
As with the rest of Spain, the wine label may state Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, depending on barrel & bottle maturation. Crianzas are usually found within two years of the vintage and offer fresh, ripe wines. Reserva and Gran Reserva will be found a few years after the vintage, as the bodega will be aging the wines in barrel and bottle before release. Both typically show more secondary characteristics of spice and oak ageing.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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