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Bodegas Landaluce Capricho de Landaluce 2005

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
  • WE93
  • RP92
14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 93
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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.
RP 92
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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.
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Bodegas Landaluce, Rioja, Spain
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.

Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region. Made up of three different sub-regions of varying elevation: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. Wines are typically a blend of fruit from all three, although single-zone wines are beginning to gain in popularity. Rioja Alta, at the highest elevation, is considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier Rioja Baja produce wines with deep color and higher alcohol, which can add great body and richness to a blend.

Fresh and fruity Riojas labeled, Joven, (meaning young) see minimal aging before release, but more serious Rioja wines undergo multiple years in oak. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged around six months to one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two (plus three years in bottle), but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.

Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés.

White wines, typically balancing freshness with complexity, are made mostly from crisp, fresh Viura. Some whites are blends of Viura with aromatic Malvasia, and then barrel fermented and aged to make a more ample, richer style of white.

Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

In the Glass

Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

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