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Luis Canas Rioja Blanco
Bodegas Luis Canas
Spain - La Rioja - Rioja

This white Rioja from one of the regions most enduring family run wineries is produced from hillside vineyards sheltered by the Sierra Cantabria Mountains to the north from harsh weather extremes. Small plot production is utilized in this region of infertile chalky clay soil to produce clusters of excellent quality. Almost 900 plots are needed to complete the approximately 400 hectares of estate-owned or cellar-controlled vineyards, some with vines more than 100 years in age. The average age of the vines is 40 years.

Tasting notes
A beautiful golden yellow color with bright green-tinted reflections. In the nose it is fine, with great elegance, combined with hints of flowers, fruits and hazelnuts. In the mouth, it is dry with just enough acidity to make it refresh and lively with a structure and tasty finish of ripe fruit.

Total Acidity: 5.44g/L
pH: 3.26
SO2 free: 68mg/L
RS: 1.5 g/L

Specifications
Appellation
Rioja
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
85% Viura and 15% Malvasia
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Vinification
Following manual selection of bunches harvested from vines at least 60 years old, the grapes are pressed to obtain the must, which is cold macerated for six hours and then fermented in new French and American oak barrels for 17 days at 17
Pairings

This wine pairs well with most types of seafood and shellfish, white meats, salads, risottos as well as mild cheeses and nuts.

Reviews and News

2018 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - TA

2018 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Juan Luis Cañas and his winemaking team produce this sensitively oaked cuvée from a combination of Viura and Malvasía, with the latter adding some perfume and weight to the freshness of the former. Apricot, tangerine and citrus flavours combine nicely with the oak spices. 2020-23"
- TIM ATKIN RIOJA 2020 SPECIAL REPORT, February 2020, 90 pts

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2018 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - JS

2018 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"A layered and fruity white with lots of lemon-curd and lime-skin character. Phenolic and lightly chewy, too. Full body. Flavorful and delicious. White Rioja? Yes. Drink now."
- James Suckling (July 2019), 90 pts

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2017 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 91 PTS - VINOUS

2017 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(aged for three months in new French oak barrels) Limpid yellow-gold. Dried pear, lemon pith, melon and vanilla aromas, along with suggestions of honeysuckle and toasted grain. Chewy and sharply focused on entry, then more broad and fleshy in the mid-palate, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit and orange zest flavors and a building suggestion of toasty lees. Delivers a suave blend of depth and energy and finishes long and tense, with a sexy floral quality lingering. This bottling delivers outstanding value. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2019), 91 pts

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2017 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 91 PTS - TA

2017 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 91 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Deftly blending Viura from Samaniego and Baños de Ebro with 15% Malvasía from Leza, this lightly wooded white spends four months on its lees. Fresh, tangy and appealing, with pear, quince and citrus fruit. 2019-22"
- TIM ATKIN RIOJA 2019 SPECIAL REPORT, February 2019, 91 pts

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2017 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 89 PTS - WA

2017 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 89 PTS - WA

wa89"The just-bottled, barrel-fermented 2017 Blanco Fermentado en Barrica is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasía Riojana. It matured in new oak barrels (75% French, the rest American) in contact with the lees and bâtonnage twice per week for three months. It's young, fresh and fruitdriven with little inuence from the barrel and with dominant aromas of apple. The palate shows some austerity, fresh fruit and clean flavors. 93,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2017."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #235, February 2018), 89 pts

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2016 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - JS

2016 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Candied lime and grassy tropical elements, the palate has good weight and gathers nicely at the finish. The wood works well. Drink now."
- James Suckling (July 2017), 90 pts

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2015 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(raised in new French oak barrels for three-and-a-half months) Pale gold. Ripe pear, melon and yellow apple aromas are complemented by suggestions of pungent flowers and vanilla. Supple and seamless in the mouth, offering pliant, oak-spiced orchard and pit fruit flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Shows very good focus and thrust on the finish, which leaves behind notes of candied citrus fruits and honey. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 90 pts

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2014 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 89 PTS - WE

2014 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 89 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 89 pts"This barrel-fermented Rioja is woody and toasty up front, although exotic white-fruit aromas with a minerally boost can handle the barrel influence. Almost Burgundian in style and weight, this tastes like honey, nectarine and wood spice. Fresh acidity, generous body weight and creamy, woody stone-fruit flavors close it out."
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2015), 89 pts

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2014 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 87 PTS - WINE VALUE - WA

2014 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 87 PTS - WINE VALUE - WA

wa300"Luis Cañas, located in Rioja Alavesa, has turned out a delicious dry white, the 2014 Rioja Blanco, made from 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia. No doubt, the latter component gives it its fragrant, floral notes, but the vibrancy of the lovely melony and currant-like fruit are all present in this delicious, dry, zesty wine that is excellent and, of course, a terrific bargain. Drink now."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 87 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25

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2013 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - IWR

2013 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - IWR

"iwinereviewVanilla, honeyed oak and floral aromas. Superbly balanced palate with excellent clarity and a firm mineral component showing grapefruit citrus and toasty oak. An 85/15 blend of old vine (50 years) Viura and Malvasia fermented and aged in new oak (75% French, 25% American) for 4 months with lees stirring. A precise, crystal clean wine that improves the longer it's open."
- iWineReview (Report 43: Rioja - A new Look), 90 pts

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2013 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - IWC

2013 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 90 PTS - IWC

"tanzer iwc 90 pts(90% viura and 10% malvasia; raised in new French oak for three and a half months): Pale yellow. Intense aromas of fresh peach, pineapple and lemon pith complicated by floral and ginger topnotes. Juicy and expansive on the palate, with vibrant acidity giving cut and focus to the ripe pit and tropical fruit flavors. Spicy notes linger on the sappy, sharply focused finish, which leaves a bitter quinine note behind. This is a superb value in white Rioja. - Josh Raynolds"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Sep/Oct 14), 90 pts

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2013 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 88 PTS - W&S + Best Buy

2013 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco - 88 PTS - W&S + Best Buy

wine and spirits logo 250"The Lemon zest and tart cherry flavors of this wine leave a clean feel. The wine's peppery warmth will enliven gambas al ajillo or other shellfish tapas."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (December 2014), 88 pts + BEST BUY

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Producer Information: Bodegas Luis Canas

Bodegas Luis Cañas is one of Rioja Alavesa’s oldest family-owned wineries. The history starts with Carlos Cañas, who sold his wines in bulk, transporting them by mule and cart throughout ...
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