Bodegas LAN, Rioja Crianza 2018 | 75clAdd review
Grape Varieties: 94% Tempranillo , 4% Mazuelo, 2% Grenache/Garnacha
Region: Rioja Alta, Rioja
Closure: Natural Cork
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.
2017 was a challenging vintage in Rioja. The growing season got off to a difficult start when an April frost damaged many of the young buds and reduced yields. This was followed by a long drought. However, much-needed rain fell in August and gave the vines the necessary boost to see them through the final stages of ripening. The harvest was one of the earliest on record and despite the smaller quantities than usual, quality was high and the grapes had superb concentration of flavour.
Suitable for: Vegetarian, Vegan
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