Sunday, September 22, 2013

Review: *** $ Bodegas Lan Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 2005 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts, September, 2013:  Crianza wines from Spain have spent at least a year in oak barrels.  I tried the 2006 vintage of this bargain-priced crianza from the Rioja region earlier this year and found it just on the edge of having grown too old for its vintage.  Today, we are taking a further step back in time to the 2005 vintage.

Original tasting and review:  This is Bodegas Lan Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol, made from 100% tempranillo.  We are sampling it at eight years from vintage date.

In the glass: Medium/deep magenta, light hints of orange and brick,

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows light and funky classic Spanish grape overtones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be old school and simple.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact richer and more layered than anticipated.  Solid, well-aged blackberry fruit, with bright highlights and a lingering, clean finish. Overall, lush tones.  Solid wine with a couple of layers of fruit, tannins, sugar and acids.   Shows none of the over-aging seen in the recently-sampled 2006 bottle.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value at its bargain price.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Lan Crianza.

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