LAN a robust and rare beast

Hi guys, today let’s head to Spain with a wine produced by @bodegaslan, a winery located under the utterly famous Rioja appellation. The name LAN is composed of the initials of the three provinces that make up the D.O.Ca. Rioja: Logroño (now La Rioja), Álava and Navarra.

This LAN Gran Reserva is an impresive and robust Rioja red blend of mostly Tempranillo. But what is a Gran Reserva?

Red Rioja gran reservas are simply defined as “wines of great vintages that have been painstakingly aged for a total of 60 months (five years), with at least two years in oak barrels (of 225 litres) and two years in bottle”. A gran reserva should be a rare beast, given that it is produced only in the best years.

The cuvée 2011 is a blend of mostly tempranillo (94%) with a bit of mazuelo (6%) fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 24 months in barrels of American and French oak. LAN Gran Reserva then spent 36 months rounding itself off in the bottle.

Deep garnet red with a ruby rim. On the nose, notes of very ripe fruit – plum, figs and fruit compote – stand out. All enveloped in notes of vanilla, caramel, black pepper and smoke.  It’s nevertheless very refined, with fine tannins. It has a long life ahead of it.

LAN wines just keeping getting better, whether you prefer a modern style or a grand classic as here from an exuberant vintage. Sensible people may keep it in the cellar, but it’s lovely now. Thanks @univins for the discovery, Cheers!

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