Bodegas LAN is located in the heart of Rioja Alta. Founded in 1972,...
Bodegas LAN was named after the initials of the three provinces in the Rioja Designation of Origin: Logroño (now La Rioja), Álava and Navarra. María Barua has been the head winemaker and technical director since 2002, and brings both scientific expertise, with an academic background in chemistry in addition to her oenology degree, and local knowledge, being born, raised and educated in Rioja. She and her young and energetic team focus not only on understanding the technical details of winemaking, but also on ‘expressing the virtues of the land’.
The grapes were hand-harvested from 35 to 40-year-old vines from a single vineyard (‘pago’) called ‘El Rincón’ on the ‘Viña Lanciano’ estate. This is one of the most spectacular vineyards in the Rioja Alta region, located on a bend of the River Ebro. Protected from the winds and cold weather by the Sierra Cantabria mountain range and its proximity to the river, the vines enjoy stony, poor soils, which are conducive to low yields, while lower temperatures ensure an enhanced aromatic dimension to the wines.
The 2012 vintage was marked by drought, which had an effect on both grape volume and grape quality in some places, but also resulted in a significant quantity of very high quality wine. Rains in late September had a positive effect on ripening and harvested grapes were well balanced and healthy. The Rioja Control Board rated the 2012 vintage ‘Very Good’.
After the initial fermenation, malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak barrels. During this process, the lees were stirred weekly to ensure maximum colour and tannin extraction as well as a fuller body. The wine spent seven months in new French oak barriques and a further six months in new Russian oak barrels. It is bottled unfiltered and unclarified to maintain all the subtle aromas and flavours - this produces a natural sediment inside the bottle which may need decanting.
Intense garnet colour with bright red hues. The nose is complex and attractive - ripe plums, blackberry and redcurrant notes intermingle with hints of clove and cinnamon, layers of coffee and cigar-box aromas. This wine exhibits the earthiness and minerality characteristic of all the wines made with the grapes sourced from the low yielding ‘Viña Lanciano’ estate.
|Grape varieties||82% Tempranillo
|Region||Rioja Alta, Rioja|
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