If it be for a special occasion, or to lay up in your cellar - This wine is ready for either.
Wine Spectator 96 Points
Full-bodied and dense with flavor, this big red is a gentle powerhouse, remaining plush and approachable, with currant, quince, tangerine, cola and vanilla flavors, supported by well-integrated tannins and bright, citrusy acidity. Harmonious and complete, this delivers a successful blend of traditional and modern styles.
by Wine Spectator, TM, 2020.
Tech from the producer:
The jewel in our crown comes from an exclusive selection of old vines that produce very low yields of superb quality grapes. An exclusive pleasure that is only released in exceptional vintages. LAN's greatest achievement: the wine that represents the culmination of our work.
89% Tempranillo, 11% Graciano select grapes from 40-60 year old vines coming from “Pago El Rincón”, located at our own vineyard “Viña Lanciano”.
El Rincón parcel - a 5.34-hectare parcel – is located in the southern part of our Viña Lanciano estate (El Cortijo – Rioja Alta) next to the El Rincón mountain. 491 metres altitude with gently sloping terrain. North south facing with a slight incline towards the northwest - southwest. Traditional Riojan bush vines with three arms, each with five spurs of two buds in length. Yield of 3,500 kg/ha.
The grapes were hand-harvested in small crates and then selected by bunch and berry on sorting tables so that only grapes in perfect conditions of health and ripeness are allowed to continue to the next phase of vinification.
Alcoholic fermentation in small truncated cone shaped tanks to maximise colour extraction. Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels made from very fine-grained oak from the forests of Tronçaise and Jupille.
During 25 months in new French oak barrels made from very fine-grained oak from the forests of Tronçaise and Allier. Afterwards it was left in the bottle for 22 months to refine the aromas and round the palate.
Bright cherry red color with a deep intensity. Predominant notes of liquored red fruit, and spiced hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. A multitude of textures and flavours burst in the mouth. Balsamic notes as well as mineral nuances characteristic of the soil of the “Viña Lanciano”. Silky and full- bodied in the mouth with an intense and long enjoyable finish