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’.
Grapes are selected from 10- to 20-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.
2013 was a difficult year for grape producers. Heavy spring rains and low temperatures delayed the growing season and resulted in uneven ripening. Fortunately, the risk posed by the two-to-three week delay was offset by prevailing good weather in September and October allowing for selective, staggered grape picking. Plots were harvested as the grapes reached appropriate ripeness, thereby optimising fruit quality. Rioja growers had to make full use of their expertise, demonstrating their ability to deal with situations as complex as this late vintage and get the most of it. The last grapes of the 2013 harvest were picked on 8th November - the most delayed harvest in recent history, and also one of the smallest. The Control Board of DOCa. Rioja has officially rated the 2013 vintage 'Good'.
The destemmed grapes were lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28ºC. 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 hybrid barrels (American oak staves and French oak heads) followed by nine months of resting and rounding out in the bottle prior to release.
Intense red cherry colour. Aromas of red fruits - strawberry, raspberry and cranberry – are framed by fine nuances of vanilla and toffee. Silky and structured on the palate, it has a long-lasting and satisfying finish.
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