A name, LAN, which represents the initials of the provinces of the DOCa. Rioja: Logroño (today La Rioja), Á lava and Navarra
Bodegas LAN has always been known for its innovative winemaking, in a region that is rooted in tradition. Bodegas Lan was founded in early 1970’s, in a spectacular setting, on the curve of the River Ebro.
Viña Lanciano is the name of this spectacular enclave of 72 hectares. They are located on a privileged site with a natural border between Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. At Bodegas LAN, they have always owned their vineyards, which are influenced by the soil formed from the River Ebro flooding its course over thousands of years.
The soils at Viña Lanciano are linked to the course of the Ebro, which are a result of the increases and decreases of the river over the years. The soils are composed of pebbles, gravel and sand, which allow for slow and balanced grape ripening.
Due to the location of the vineyards, which are in the shadows of the Cantabria Mountains, the vines are protected from frost and extreme summer heat. The soil, climate and location creates a very special microclimate, producing balanced and perfectly ripened grapes. Their vines are of up to 60 years old and are comprised of Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha.
Winemaker Extraordinaire – María Barua
I have been drinking Bodegas LAN wines for ages, but never knew the story. So I was thrilled to meet the winemaker, María Barua in New York City along with Export Director, Trinidad Villegas. Rioja has a huge representation of extraordinary women winemakers, and María Barua represents top in class at Bodegas LAN as Technical Director and Winemaker.
María knew what she wanted to be from an early age. It was her wine-loving father who helped her discover her passion: “He taught me to appreciate the great classics of Rioja. Choosing the wine that we would serve alongside Sunday lunch was a highlight of the week.” Working at LAN since 2002, María is exceptionally unique as one of the first female winemakers in the region to hold down dual roles as Winemaker and Technical Director. Her primary focus has been extensive research on use of oak. She believes every little detail to be important, and each decision she makes is based on research and innovation.
From her responsibility as a winemaker, María puts LAN’s founding principal into practice: that winemaking starts with viticulture. “We age the wines separately, according to their origin, and we continuously test out different types of oak: French, American, hybrid barrels – which we pioneered the use of – and the recently introduced Pyrenean oak.” Technical Director since 2007, some of LAN’s most special and unique wines have been born under her guidance, such as D-12, the selection of tank number 12, or more recently, LAN Xtrème Organic, the embodiment of the philosophy of both the winery and María in being deeply committed to the land and a more sustainable future.
LAN Xtrème is the extreme manifestation of the LAN philosophy in terms of respect for the raw materials. A wine made with minimal intervention from the outset. 100% organically certified Tempranillo, sourced from the Ecological Mantible parcel is hand harvested. Aged 14 months in new French Oak barrels, and then nine months in bottle.
Deep, very intense garnet red. Intense aromas of cranberries, very ripe red fruit, prunes and dried apricots. Liqueur-like notes, along with vanilla, cinnamon and resin. Structured, broad and flavourful on the palate.
The Reserva is from a selection of vines of more than 30 years of age located in our Viña Lanciano estate. The grapes were hand-harvested so that only grapes in perfect conditions are selected.
The wine is a bright garnet color with elegant aromas of red fruits, violets, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. It is pleasant and silky, well-balanced on the palate with ripe tannins, along with the acidity and necessary structure to give it a very long finish. A remarkable wine with a distinguished, elegant and refined character.
Historically at LAN, wines that stood out after alcoholic fermentation for their great aromatic intensity were assigned to vat number 12. D-12 is made in homage to this special place, with the 2016 vintage representing the tenth edition of this release.
The wine is aged 12 months in barrels. There is very careful ageing aimed at maintaining the intense fruit, aromatic complexity and firm tannins. Made with 100% Tempranillo, the wine has a deep garnet hue. There are intense aromas of cranberries, ripe red fruit, dried apricots, vanilla and cinnamon. Beautifully structured, broad and flavourful on the palate.