BODEGAS LAN RIOJA GRAN RESERVA 2011
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Crafted from vines of more than 40 years of age, our LAN Gran Reserva spent 24 months in barrel and a further 36 months in bottle to refine and round off the wine. This is our way of paying homage to the passage of time, patience and expertise. Elegant and subtle, it fully expresses the wisdom bequeathed by time.
Bodegas LANA name, LAN, which represents the initials of the provinces of the DOCa. Rioja: Logroño (today La Rioja), Á lava and Navarra. Bodegas LAN has always been known for its innovative winemaking, in a region that is rooted in tradition. Bodegas Lan was founded in early 1970’s, in a spectacular setting, on the curve of the River Ebro. Viña Lanciano is the name of this spectacular enclave of 72 hectares. They are located on a privileged site with a natural border between Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. At Bodegas LAN, they have always owned their vineyards, which are influenced by the soil formed from the River Ebro flooding its course over thousands of years. The soils at Viña Lanciano are linked to the course of the Ebro, which are a result of the increases and decreases of the river over the years. The soils are composed of pebbles, gravel and sand, which allow for slow and balanced grape ripening. Due to the location of the vineyards, which are in the shadows of the Cantabria Mountains, the vines are protected from frost and extreme summer heat. The soil, climate and location creates a very special microclimate, producing balanced and perfectly ripened grapes. Their vines are of up to 60 years old and are comprised of Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha. They age the wines separately, according to their origin, and continuously test out different types of oak: French, American, hybrid barrels – which we pioneered the use of – and the recently introduced Pyrenean oak. Tome of LAN’s most special and unique wines have been born under Maria’s guidance, such as D-12, the selection of tank number 12, or more recently, LAN Xtrème Organic, the embodiment of the philosophy of both the winery and María in being deeply committed to the land and a more sustainable future.
Deep garnet red with a ruby rim. The bouquet shows notes of very ripe fruit – plum, figs and fruit compote that come to the fore. All enveloped in notes of vanilla, caramel, black pepper and smoke. A well-structured wine, with ripe, sweet tannins on the palate. This wine is full bodied and round Rioja that is elegant, balanced and superbly layered on the finish.