2006 Bodegas LAN Crianza Rioja

SKU #1060162 90 points Wine Spectator

 *#44 on Top 100 Wines of 2010* Fresh and balanced, this red brims with cherry, spice and licorice, with light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity. The texture is generous yet delicate. Not heavy, but vivacious. Drink now through 2014.  (6/ 2010)

K&L Notes

Of the Lan Riojas, we always enjoy the Reserva bottlings. Every now and then, though, the Crianzas are also really good. In 2006, Lan's Crianza is really, really good. A fruity, straight-ahead nose of dark cherries, with minimal oak influence, leads to a bright palate of berry flavors and a rather velvety, mouth filling texture. "A lot to like," is how my notes read. This smooth, fruit forward Rioja would be equally at home as an apéro after a day's work, or to accompany chicken, pork or pasta dishes. (Joe Maneking, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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 By: wineart |  Review Date: 2/27/2011 
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Delicate with flavor. Smooth finish. Can't believe the price for such a pleasure.

 By: Mike Kahns |  Review Date: 1/4/2011 
Dark color, medium body, good nose and layered flavors of dark cherry, orange pekoe tea, pomegranate, herbs. Light but gripping tannins provide nice texture. I drank this on it's own and it was tasty, looking forward to pairing with spaghetti bolognese, pizza, and fajitas. 13.5% ABV, drinking well know and probably another 3 years.

 By: Sonny G |  Review Date: 10/25/2010 
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Dark ruby red...slightly less than clear...a TON of cherries on the nose with just a trace of oak...

Berries on the palate, along with a sort of vegetal woodyness that is hard to place...tannins are soft and well rounded...

The finish is slightly bitter and not extremely long, with flavors of olives and under ripe berries...

 By: MartinD of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog |  Review Date: 10/5/2010 
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Dark Ruby colored. I picked up dark fruit, licorice,spice and a hint of leather on the nose. On the palate I picked up ripe cherries, good acidity. A round easy drinker that's smooth, with well integrated soft tannins. The combination is uncommon at this price point. Medium finish. Very nice! Great QPR...will buy more!

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5