Estate: Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN is named after the first letters of the three provinces in the DOC of Rioja: Logroño, Álava and Navarra. LAN’s innovative character is forged in each of the wines they make, based on conscientious vineyard management and precision winemaking. “LAN means respect for the history of this land.”
Sustainable viticulture practices are used with zero chemicals. Grapes for both wines are hand harvested from the 72 hectare Viña Lanciano estate vineyard located on the border of Rioja Alta and Alavesa. Surrounded by the Ebro River, the vineyards overlook a 2nd Century BC Roman bridge. The vineyard is divided into 24 plots consisting of Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha vines, ranging in age from 20-60 years old. The Gran Reserva has additional grapes from select vineyards in Rioja Alta.
Bodegas LAN ‘Viña Lanciano’ Reserva RIOJA 2011
Winemaking: Fermented in stainless steel, aged for 16 months in American and French oak barrels, followed by 24 months in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Inky red violet in colour. Very aromatic, with cherry, blackberry, plum, baking spice, raisin bread toast, fresh herbs, caramel, vanilla, crushed black peppercorn and woodsy oak. Silky layers of black cherry, black currant, cherry, blackberry, cranberry and vanilla wrap around a spicy core. Firm tannins and fresh acidity harmonize and support. Ripe fruit, peppery spice and a trace of smoky cedar linger between each silky sip. Sleek and refined, lovely on its own or with a wide variety of dishes.
85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano
$20 [average price]
Bodegas LAN Gran Reserva Rioja 2010
Winemaking: Fermented in stainless steel, aged for 24 months in American and French oak barrels, followed by 36 months in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Transparent red violet in colour with engaging aromas of vanilla, crushed black peppercorn, baking spice, berry pie filling, roasted sage and toasted oak. Vanilla and oak envelop black cherry, blackberry, plum and black pepper. Good acidity and firm tannins compliment toasted oak, baked berries and cigar box spice on the lengthy, plush finish. Big and bold, fantastic by the fire or with hearty winter dishes.
94% Tempranillo, 6% Mazuelo
$22 [average price]
Samples submitted for editorial consideration.