2006 Bodegas LAN Crianza Rioja
*#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.
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)