2013 Bodegas Lan Rioja Edicion Limitada

Year: 2013
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$34.95

YET ANOTHER WINNER!!...MAYBE TOP 100 MATERIAL?

"This inky red is ripe and concentrated, with currant, kirsch and boysenberry flavors, framed by espresso, licorice and black pepper notes. Well-integrated tannins support the fleshy texture, while citrusy acidity keeps this lively. Expressive and balanced, in the modern style. Best from 2018 through 2028. From Spain. -T.M." (WS)

Winery Notes:
GRAPE VARIETIES:
80% Tempranillo, 8% Mazuelo and 12% Graciano grapes hand-harvested from 35 and 40 year-old vines in the “Viña Lanciano” estate. The grapes were hand selected in two sorting tables so that only those grains in perfect sanitary and ripeness conditions are allowed into the next phase of vinification.

WINEMAKING:
Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels. During this process, the lees were stirred weekly to ensure maximum colour and tannin extraction as well as a fuller mouthfeel.

AGEING:
7 months in new French oak barriques and a further 6 months in new Russian oak barrels. Bottled unfiltered and unclarified to maintain all the subtle aroma and flavors, albeit producing natural sedimentation that may be found inside the bottle.

TASTING NOTES:
Intense garnet color with bright red hues. Complex yet attractive nose of ripe fruit (plums, blackberry, and redcurrant), hints of sweet spice (clove, cinnamon), layers of coffee, cigar-box and the earthiness and minerality characteristic of all the wines made with grapes sourced from the "Vina Lanciano" estate.

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Ideal on its own but is great paired with grilled meats, spicy dishes and aged cheese.