...offers a velvety texture supported by ripe, well-integrated tannins and plenty of sweet toasty oak. Plum and boysenberry fruit is ripe and fresh. Very expressive, yet with great concentration. 750 cases made.
An expansive, strikingly pungent bouquet displays cherry-cola, blueberry, violet, cracked pepper and smoky Indian spice scents. Palate-coating red and dark berry compote flavors are enlivened by zesty mineral and spice qualities...
Bodegas LAN was founded in 1972 in Fuenmayor, in Rioja Alta. It owns 260 acres of vineyards and produces 400,000 cases of wine a year. It was in 2012 bought by Sogrape, Portugal’s largest wine company. Bodegas LAN is known for helping start a wave of improvement in the quality of Rioja wines in the 1990s. The estate makes a portfolio of wines including Culmen Reserva, a 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano that typically earns scores in the mid-90s.
Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.