2004 Bodegas LAN Reserva Rioja

SKU #1045524 90 points Wine Spectator

 A silky texture carries expressive flavors of black plum, violet, licorice and smoke in this focused, balanced red. Has good intensity yet remains vibrant and accessible. *Top 100 Wines of 2008, Smart Buy* (TM)  (9/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (80% tempranillo and 10% each mazuelo and garnacha) Medium red. Mellow aromas of roasted cherry, brown spices and rose. Smooth, ripe red fruit flavors provide very good palate coverage and show little in the way of tannins. The floral quality gains strength with air and carries through the long, velvety finish. Offers good immediate appeal and a warm character. (JR)  (7/2009)

K&L Notes

This is a newer vintage of a K&L staff favorite. The raw materials that went into this wine were incredible, so it's not surprising that it shows the same spicy aromatics and hints of licorice as the 2001. Black fruit and black pepper and sweet oiled leather fill the mid-palate and carry over to the finish. Supple tannins and good acid, this is an easy-drinking beauty that's an amazing value, too!

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By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2010 | Send Email
Bodegas LAN Reserva is a classic Rioja, earthy and lovely. I love earthy wines with pork, so I made a slow cooked a pork shoulder and threw in a cup of the the LAN. It cooked up perfectly. Try it some time!

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- 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.


- 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.