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Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva
Bodegas Luis Canas
Spain - La Rioja - Rioja

A deep powerful Gran Reserva from one of Rioja Alavesa's most enduring family run wineries. The hillside terraced vineyards are 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.

Tasting notes
Ruby red color with earthy tones. The wine shows finesse, elegance and complexity with good concentration of black fruit, thyme and rosemary with secondary aromas of leather and tobacco leaves. In the palate it is polished and rounded, making it pleasant and easy to drink. Fleshy with both elegance and power. It has touches of black fruit jam and liquorice. A long, delicious and persistent finish.

Specifications
Appellation
Rioja
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Vinification
The bunches are selected by Luis Canas himself before destemming, so individual berries can be sorted by weight. They later undergo fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 8 days, obtaining better color extraction as well as much more complex and tannic wines, suitable for prolonged aging. After its primary fermentation, the wine is placed in barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and is aged for a total of 24 months (70% French, 30% American oak; new). Further aged 3 years in bottle.
Pairings

Suitable for pairing with a long, copious meal where it can accommodate braised vegetables, cold cuts, peppers stuffed with hake and shrimp, mushroom omelettes, cod Rioja style, both red and white meat... and so on.

Reviews and News

2011 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 95 PTS - JD

2011 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 95 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"One of the standouts in this report is the 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva, which is primarily Tempranillo blended with 5% Graciano. Aged two years in French and American oak followed by three years in bottle, it has a thrilling bouquet of spiced cherries, cedarwood, licorice, and graphite. Medium to full-bodied, incredibly elegant and seamless, it still has ample fruit and a big mid-palate, all pointing to it evolving gracefully for 15-20 years. Count me in as a fan."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 95 pts

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2011 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2011 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(70% new French oak and 30% used American oak) Deep ruby. Dark berries, candied licorice, cola and a spicy suggestion of black pepper on the highly fragrant, oak-spiced nose. Supple and appealingly sweet, offering intense boysenberry and blackberry flavors that are complicated by suggestions of vanilla and floral pastilles. Gently blends power and finesse and finishes very long and smooth, displaying alluring sweetness and subtle, slow-building tannins. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2019), 93 pts

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2011 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 92 PTS - TA

2011 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 92 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"This is still a comparatively youthful Gran Reserva blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano, aged for 24 months in a combination of French and American wood. The fruit quality is excellent here, all black cherry and bramble, with good acidity and palate length a patina of oak spice. 2020-27"
- - TIM ATKIN RIOJA 2019 SPECIAL REPORT, February 2019, 92 pts

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2011 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 90 PTS - WA

2011 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"Cropped from a ripe vintage, the 2011 Gran Reserva is mostly Tempranillo with 5% Graciano, aged in new French barriques for 12 months followed by a further year in used American oak barrels. It's chewy and juicy, with fruit from a ripe vintage that takes well the long aging in barrel. It's balsamic and spicy, an updated version of a classical Rioja, clean and pleasant. 39,200 bottles produced. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #235, February 2018), 90 pts

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2010 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 92 PTS - WA

2010 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"On the contrary, the 2010 Gran Reserva feels quite integrated and polished, with classical aromas of forest floor, mushrooms, tobacco and red and black berry fruit, all of it in a subtle and harmonious way. The palate feels quite compact, balanced and polished, with fine tannins and very tasty flavors. This is a great Gran Reserva. 20,000 bottles produced."

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #226, August 2016), 92 pts

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2010 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 92 PTS - JS

2010 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 92 PTS - JS

 james suckling hq logo plain"Dark plum cake and earthy aromas. A full body, moderately dry tannins and quite fresh acidity make this a Rioja classic. Drink now."

- James Suckling (Span Tasting Report 2017), 92 pts

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2008 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - TOP 5 Rioja Gran Reserva Wines - VINEPAIR

2008 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - TOP 5 Rioja Gran Reserva Wines - VINEPAIR

vinepair logo web - Vinepair (May 2017)

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2008 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 95 PTS + PLATINUM BEST IN SHOW - DECANTER

2008 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 95 PTS + PLATINUM BEST IN SHOW - DECANTER

 decanter platinum 2016 logo"Since 2011 is held annually in Hong Kong the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, one of the largest wine competitions in the world and maximum reference in the Asian market. The competition recognized internationally for its rigorous selection process of tasting and gives maximum award the Platinum Best in Show which considers the wine named best of their country. You reach it through the tasting of wines that have previously achieved the Gold Medal decide what Platinum Awards and the subsequent tasting of these will result in the Platinum Best in Show.
LUIS CAÑAS RESERVA 2008 was one of the 15 fortunate among 2,854 wines tasted lead in getting the quality of the wines of their respective countries with a score of 95 points. He was accompanied in the medal Luis Cañas Reserva 2010 Family Selection with 90 points.
A wine made from vines more than 50 years of Tempranillo (95%) and Graciano (55) varieties harvested in small boxes, and whose clusters and grains were selected double table growing up then for 24 months in new barrels. A wine that seeks to recover the essence of Gran Reserva, i.e., a Great Wine made in the best vintages and whose elegance and subtlety make it a really huge wine."

- Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2016 (November 3rd 2016), PLATINUM BEST IN SHOW + 95 PTS

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2008 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 91 PTS - VINOUS

2008 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet displays aromas of fresh red and dark berries, pipe tobacco and peppery spices, with subtle licorice and floral nuances adding complexity. Smoky, deeply pitched blackberry and bitter cherry flavors are lifted by a mineral note that adds back end nerviness. Gentle tannins shape the finish, which shows very good clarity and lingering florality. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2015), 91 pts

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2008 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 90 PTS - W&S

2008 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva - 90 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250 "This wine's gamey fruit has a cool, gentle ripeness, a balance of the fresh bitterness of a cherry's skin and the sweetness of its pulp. It's elegant and restrained, taking on some high-toned volatility with air. For current drinking with roast duck."

- Wine & Spirits Magazine (December 2016), 90 pts

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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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