Bodegas Lan Rioja Edicion Limitada 2019
Ripe cherry red, very deeply coloured and bright. Very intense aromas of ripe, almost candied black fruit (plum, blackberry, blackcurrant.) Notes of cocoa and toffee, black tobacco and spices, as well as a mineral streak, a common characteristic in all wines from the Viña Lanciano estate. Warm and velvety on the palate. It is round, ripe, with a very tannic yet elegant profile. A long, harmonious finish. A wine with great character and personality, a faithful reflection of the terroir that it comes from.
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A plush red in a modern style, with dense tannins and lively acidity creating a sinewy frame. An expressive range of boysenberry coulis and black licorice flavors transition to deep notes of ground coffee, tarry smoke and dark chocolate that linger on the sculpted finish. Tempranillo and Graciano. Best from 2024
Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN lies in the heart of Rioja Alta. The name LAN comes from the initials of the three provinces of the Rioja Designation of Origin: Logroño, Álava and Navarra. María Barua has been the head winemaker and technical director since 2002, and brings both scientific expertise (with an academic background in chemistry in addition to her oenology degree) and local knowledge (having been born and raised in Rioja). Together with her young and energetic team, María focuses on using the latest advances in winemaking to ‘express the virtues of the land’.
The estate farms its Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha vineyards sustainably. The Viña Lanciano vineyard is one of the most spectacular vineyards in the region, located on a bend of the River Ebro. The vineyard’s poor, stony soils and the average vine age of 60 years are both conducive to low yields. The vines are divided into 24 plots of different soils, grape varieties and aspects so that each can be hand-picked at perfect ripeness. In the winery, there is a rigorous selection process to ensure that only perfect bunches are used. Bodegas LAN also painstakingly select and test their oak barrels and have even pioneered a hybrid barrel - American staves with French oak heads - which they feel imparts the best characteristics of both types of oak on a wine.
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.