Friday, January 11, 2013

Bodegas Lan 2006 Crianza (Spain)

This is a wine traditionally made with Tempranillo and is aged 12 months in oak.  It comes from the Rioja region of Spain (the most famous of Spain's regions) and from a prestigious producer of the area - LAN.  Now that the preliminaries are out of the way its time to get down to those brass tacks people talk about ... the wine itself.  As mentioned in a previous post, I'm doing my typical winter wander through my cellar and picking out old bottles to taste.  This wine is only 6 years old - so not the oldest I'll subject my taste-buds to, but it might turn out to be one of the best.  This was an absolutely stellar wine that kept getting better and better the more it sat open in the glass.  The nose was earthy (at first - this dissipated with an hour in the glass) along with plum, cedar and some strawberry aromas, which seem to struggle to get through, but did eventually make it.  That earthy note that was on the nose was no where to be seen on the palate: plum, blackberry, sour cherry, and smoky ... but wait, near the finish it (the earthiness) did pop in to play with some cassis that lingers on.  At about the hour-and-a-half mark it hit its stride and showed black cherry and cocoa from mid-palate to finish (and into the long linger).  Simply lovely.

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