This benchmark Rioja Crianza bears all the hallmarks of María Barúa's winemaking skills. Fresh and well-balanced, with the fruit to the fore but a savoury spiciness evident from judicious use of oak.
This wine is intense cherry red in colour. Aromas of ripe strawberries, raspberries and cranberries are framed by subtle notes of vanilla and spice. On the palate, the wine is full bodied with silky tannins and a bright acidity which carries the aromas onto the lingering finish.
Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN lies in the heart of Rioja Alta and boasts one of the most spectacular single-vineyard sites in the region: Viña Lanciano. The name LAN comes from the initials of the three provinces of the Rioja Designation of Origin: Logroño, Álava and Navarra. María Barúa 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 (having been born and raised in Rioja). Together with her young and energetic team, María focuses on using the latest advances in winemaking to ‘express the virtues of the land’.
Upon arrival at the winery the grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28°C. Maceration in contact with the grape skins lasted for 15 days, with daily pumping over for maximum extraction of colour and aromatics. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for 14 months in hybrid oak barrels: French oak heads and American oak staves. The wine was then bottled and aged for nine months in the Bodegas LAN cellars before release.
95% Tempranillo , 3% Mazuelo, 2% Grenache/Garnacha