Comprising of fruit from selected 10 to 20 year-old vines. This Crianza is a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo. It shows an intense red cherry colour. Red fruits, strawberry, raspberry and cranberry framed by fine nuances of vanilla and toffee. Silky but structured on the palate, it has a long lasting and satisfying finish. Pair with roast lamb or something gamey.
Bodegas LAN’s history starts in 1972. The acronym based on the initials of each of the three provinces that form the D.O.Ca. Rioja: Logroño (currently part of La Rioja), Alava and Navarra. To make their wines, LAN sources grapes from their own sustainably grown vineyards and selected suppliers.
A large and varied region and Spain’s quality flagship. Sub-regions Alta and Alavesa are the high altitude cooler parts that show elegant and almost Burgundian Tempranillo wines. Baja is the low hot lands sub region where Garnacha (Grenache) becomes more important. Producer is the most important determiner of quality as producers range from traditional savoury wines to modern silky, pure wines. The whites can be neutral and simple through to pretty and silky affairs.
Aging for red wines is a minimum of 2 years with at least 6 months in oak. However, it is only 1 year with at least 6 months in oak for whites and rosés.
Top quality grape grown all over the Peninsula (with many pseudonyms). The value of Tempranillo is it can be used for Rosado or Joven (released after 6 months) all the way up to Gran Reserva (60 months in the winery). The ability to age well and top examples are said to compare to Burgundy. Look for flavours of cherry and cola, it has moderate to low acid, moderate tannin and the naturally high pH allows for a silky mouthfeel that is not seen in other red wines.