Saturday, March 16, 2013

Updated Review: *** $ Bodegas Lan Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 2006 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Crianza wines from Spain have spent a full year in oak barrels.  Today we are sampling a value-priced yet well-regarded crianza from the Rioja region.

Original tasting and review , December, 2011: This is Bodegas Lan Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol, made from 100% tempranillo.  We're tasting it just about at the midpoint of its ideal drinking window from three to five years from vintage date.

In the glass: LAN Crianza shows as deep, dark ruddy red in the glass, opaque from about an inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft red fruit and oak.  From the aroma, seems like this will be simple, easy and fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, round, balanced fruit on the mid-palate.  Shows lush, softened red berry, followed by tannins and acids which have spent their five years working to surround the fruit with an easy, gentle frame.  Finish is of modest length and impressively clean.

In summary: Overall, balanced sip rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making it a best value at its bargain price point.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: A bit of pleasant old world funk coming across now on the nose.  The soft, medium body palate is now nicely poised between old and new world. 

Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Consistent color, but much more funky aromas, still in the red-fruit category.  On the palate, the red fruit is beginning to fall apart, bringing vegetable tones of broccoli and cauliflower. Drink this before six years of age.

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