13.50% | SPAIN

This carefully oaked 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 the judicious...
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This carefully oaked 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 the judicious oak ageing.

This wine is intense cherry red in colour. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry and cranberries are framed by fine nuances of vanilla and toffee. Silky and structured on the palate, it has a long-lasting and satisfying finish.

Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN lies in the heart of Rioja Alta. 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’.

Grapes are selected from 30 to 40-year-old vines from Bodegas LAN's long-standing suppliers in the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa subzones. Sloped plots of calcareous-clay soils with good drainage and sun exposure give grapes of excellent concentration.

The 2016 harvest was delayed by at least a week compared to the average over the last 10 years, which was mainly due to low spring temperatures. After a very dry start in winter, spring rainfalls allowed good vegetative growth before flowering. Berries were small due to the lack of rainfall during the summer, and the resulting red wines have extraordinary depth of colour. Good climatic conditions during the last stages of ripening provided very healthy grapes, with optimum balance between technical and phenolic ripeness.

The destemmed grapes were lightly crushed and fermented in stainless-steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28°C. Maceration in contact with the grape skins lasted 15 days, with daily pumping over for maximum colour and aromatic extraction. The wine was aged for 14 months in a combination of American and French oak head, followed by nine months of resting and rounding out in the bottle prior to release.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Tempranillo, Mazuelo
Country
Spain
Region
Rioja
Vintage
2016
ABV %
13.50%
Organic
No
Vegan
Yes

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