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LAN Rioja

Tempranillo Crianza,
 2016

$16.99 $15.99/bottle

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Description

Tempranillo from select vineyards in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa aged in hybrid oak barrels (French oak bases and American oak staves) leading to intense flavors of ripe red fruit, elegant notes of vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon

Variety: Tempranillo, Crianza
Region: Rioja, Spain
Winemaker:  Bodegas LAN
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.5%

Winemaker's Notes

Bright cherry red with a garnet rim. A refined nose with predominant notes of red and stone fruits: strawberry, raspberry and peach. Patisserie and cream encased in elegant notes of vanilla, caramel and a subtle hint of cinnamon. It is flavorful and expressive on the palate. It is immediately inviting, enveloping the palate and leaving a long and pleasant aftertaste

John's Notes

I vividly remember buying my first bottle of Tempranillo for our wedding anniversary many years ago. We paired it with grilled filet mignon and homemade pasta with leeks and corn.  It was a LAN.  It was perfect, and I remember it fondly

Reminder: When you see “Crianza” on the bottle, it translates to specific aging requirements per Spanish law.  For red wine, this designation requires a minimum 24 months of  total aging of which at least 6 months must be in barrel

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Bodegas LAN, winemaker María Barua

  • 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
  • At LAN, we actively practice sustainable viticulture in our vineyards, in order to achieve balanced viticulture, developing the plants’ own immunity and creating a micro-climate for the bunches where air and sunlight can flow freely

Variety:  96% Tempranillo and 4% Mazuelo

Region: Rioja, Spain

Climate:  Rioja is comprised of 3 sub-regions each with unique influences on the grapes

  • Rioja Alavesa is on the north bank of the Ebro River and in the foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains. The wines from this region typically are the lightest of Rioja and have the most finesse
  • Rioja Alta lies to the south of the Ebro with vineyards generally at elevations between 500 – 800 meters. Climate here is moderated by the Atlantic although the Cantabrian Mountains provide some shielding
  • Rioja Baja lies mostly on the south bank of the Ebro where summers are hotter and winters are more severe. Drought is a risk given limited rainfall

Viticulture

  • Tempranillo grapes were sourced from select vineyards in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa aged between 10 and 20 years
  • Chalky-clay soils, located on well-drained slopes with good sun exposure
  • The estate farms its Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha vineyards sustainably

Winemaking:  

  • Traditional winemaking, destalking – crushing
  • Fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  • 15 days maceration, with continuous pumping-over to optimize color extraction
  • The wine was aged for 12 months in mixed barrels; a combination of American oak staves which bring elegant notes of vanilla, and French oak heads which result in spicy aromas

Alcohol: 13.5%

Pairs With: Grilled Filet Mignon, pepperoni pizza, sharp cheddar cheese

Reviews

Tim Atkin (90): LAN’s Crianza combines Tempranillo and Mazuelo fruit from the Riojas Alta and Alavesa. It’s an easy drinking style with 20% new wood, notes of vanilla and cinnamon spice and refreshing red cherry and raspberry fruit supported by acidity. A well-priced Crianza. 2020-24

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