Sunday, October 20, 2019

Wine Review: Bodegas LAN Viña Lanciano Rioja Reserva 2012

Bodegas LAN Viña Lanciano Rioja Reserva 2012

Even though October is #MerlotMe month, and I have plenty of Merlot being featured as quickies, Spain dominates the full reviews on the website this month. I started with Cune Rioja Crianza 2016, then René Barbier's Com Tu 2016 and now I'm on Vińa Real Crianza 2016, and now I'm finishing up with Vińa Lanciano Rioja Reserva 2102.

Viña Lanciano is the architect of the original philosophy of our winery. Its name reflects the essence of a unique enclave and the river that embraces it in this magical place, with vestiges of ancient history, such as the remains of the Mantible bridge of Roman origin that stars in its label. Viña Lanciano condenses the philosophy and know-how of LAN since its inception.

That inception of LAN began in 1978 and the name stands for Logroño (part of La Rioja), Alava, and Navarra. The 2012 Viña Lanciano Rioja Reserva is 85% Tempranillo and 15% Mazuela.

It's deep dark red in color. On the nose there's a slatey minerality over aromas of super chocolatiness and raisins like you're sniffing a Raisinette. I mean, seriously, take me back to my childhood when I was 8 watching The Little Mermaid in the theater. On the palate it's medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel, moderate acidity, and a bit of an astringent tannin. The Raisinette profile comes back on the palate with spice and herbs, and continuing on it finishes rather spicy and herby with a little bit of mustard.

So it's become rather raisinated at this point in its evolution, but man is it delicious. It's got a beautiful nose, an elegant midpalate mouthfeel, and a rustic finish. This is some good Reserva Rioja, and it's a fine deal for the $26 that you'll spend to get it.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $26
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

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