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Luis Canas Rioja Reserva Seleccion Familia
Bodegas Luis Canas
Spain - La Rioja - Rioja

The "family reserve" from one of Rioja Alavesa's most enduring family-run wineries. Wines destined to be the Reserva de la Familia label are made from a selection of grapes from old vines, those which combine a series of characteristics such as good orientation and exposure to the sun, and a poor soil which ensures low yields.
This wine is one of very few Rioja wines to blend Cabernet Sauvignon with Tempranillo. Bodegas Luis Cañas was granted permission by the D.O.Ca. to plant this variety as an experiment in the early 1980s.

Tasting notes
A brillant garnet color with cherry hints on the edges.
The nose offers a complex variety of aromas that combine to bring an intense and sophisticated wine. Initially we can find very ripe berry fruits, smoky notes, raisins and liquor. After a certain amount of aeration, the cinnamon and jam notes appear and, with a little more time, the roasted and spiced aromas are noticed more clearly.
The palate is full, with a good presence of tannins, although these are offset by the glycerine like character, resulting in a fleshy sensation. Long lasting and lingering finish.

Specifications
Appellation
Rioja
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Vinification
The grapes were cold macerated for 72 hours upon arrival at the winery. Fermentation at 26degrees C in sealed cement tanks under constant thermal control with daily pump over. With the paste devatted by gravity, spontaneous malolactic fermentation took place after 45 days.
Aged for 20 months in 50% medium toasted American and 50% French oak barrels. The barrel aging not only adds tannins from the wood, but stabilizes the wine naturally. After the final racking, it was clarified in tanks with a small amount of natural egg white, decanted after 30 days and bottled directly with no filtration. Because this wine
Pairings

This wine's versatility allows us to savor its personality and character with classics such as roast lamb or pork and gamey stews. But it also blends masterfully with mushrooms, truffles, black chocolate, nuts, cream-based or spicy dishes etc.

Reviews and News

2014 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - WE

2014 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"


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- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (June/July 2020), 93 pts

2014 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - TA

2014 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Made from an unusual (for Rioja) blend of Tempranillo with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from five different Rioja Alavesa villages, this is a serious, new French and American oak-aged red with plenty of tannic backbone, aromas of graphite and cassis and dense blackberry and mocha flavors. 2021-26."
- TIM ATKIN RIOJA 2020 SPECIAL REPORT, February 2020, 93 pts

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2014 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 91 PTS - JS

2014 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 91 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Elderberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and tea leaves. Full-bodied and intense on the palate, driving home a wealth of dark fruit and chewy tannins. Drink in 2021."
- James Suckling (July 2019), 91 pts

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2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - TA

2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"One of only a handful of wines in Rioja that uses "experimental" Cabernet Sauvignon, Luis Cañas combines it here with 85% Tempranillo. This is still comparatively oaky, made before the shift in style in 2013, but the Cabernet gives the wine backbone and soaks up the splinters. Firm, refreshing and well structured. 2020-26."
- TIM ATKIN RIOJA 2019 SPECIAL REPORT, February 2019, 93 pts

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2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(raised in new oak barrels, half French and half American) Deep ruby color. Sexy, oak-tinged raspberry, cassis and licorice aromas, along with a hint of mocha. Offers silky, sweet dark fruit and floral pastille flavors that show excellent depth and are energized by a late jolt of peppery spices. The spicy quality carries through a long, subtly tannic finish that leaves vanilla and blue fruit notes behind."
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2019), 92 pts

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2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - JD

2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"A bona fide fruit bomb, the 2012 Reserva Seleccion Familia checks in as 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 20 months in equal part French and American oak. It’s a big, full-bodied, ripe effort that has loads of cassis, vanilla, cedarwood, and licorice aromas and flavors. Despite all its fruit, it stays balanced and lively on the palate, with good purity and a great finish. I’d drink it over the coming decade, but I suspect it will keep even longer."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 92 pts

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2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 91 PTS - WA

2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 91 PTS - WA

wa91"The 2012 Reserva Selección de la Familia is Tempranillo with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes it different from the majority of reds from Rioja. It matured 50/50 in French and American oak barrels for 20 months. It's slightly more international than the rest of the bottlings, the Cabernet adding some weight. There are notes of toasted sesame seeds and a touch from the French oak. It's clearly different, so it's a matter of preference which one you like best. 125,250 bottles produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #235, February 2018), 91 pts

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2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 90 PTS - IWC

2012 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 90 PTS - IWC

2011 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - Drinks Business

2011 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - Drinks Business

gold rioja master 2017drink business logo25093 pts - GOLD MEDAL - Rioja Masters 2017 / Drinks Business

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2011 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 91 PTS - JS

2011 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 91 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Dark and oaky with some power and richness, but savory rather than sweetish. The finish is frankly tannic, but fairly well balanced. Drink now."
- James Suckling (July 2017), 91 pts

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2010 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92PTS - DECANTER

2010 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92PTS - DECANTER

 decanter logo 250"Fresh and sweet with ripe aromas of dark violets, citrus leaf and sweet spice with a touch of beeswax. Summer pudding and vanilla cream dominate the palate with juicy and concentrated plum and cherry flavours."
- Decanter, 92 pts

2010 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - WS

2010 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"Coffee and cola notes frame the currant, licorice, leather and floral flavors in this bold red. Muscular and rangy, with firm tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2030.—T.M."
- Wine Spectator Insider (May 17th 2017), 92 pts"

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2010 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2010 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Deep ruby. Heady aromas of blueberry, candied licorice, violet and toasty oak, along with suggestions of woodsmoke and vanilla. Sweet, pliant and expansive, offering juicy dark berry and floral pastille flavors that become livelier with air. Densely packed but lively, finishing with very good clarity, smooth, late-arriving tannins and excellent persistence. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 92 pts

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - Wine of the Year - WAWWJ

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - Wine of the Year - WAWWJ

 

wawwj 2016WINE OF THE YEAR Award
World Association of Writers and Journalists of Wine & Spirits

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - GOLD MEDAL - TEXSOM International Wine Awards

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - GOLD MEDAL - TEXSOM International Wine Awards

texsom awards"Sheltered by the steep and craggy Cantabrian Mountains of Spain, to the northwest we find the hot, arid region of Rioja, home to some of the best and most historically significant wineries in Spain. Sitting on the Northern banks of the Ebro River, Luis Cañas calls the calcareous soils of Rioja Alavesa home. The region although best known for carbonically macerated vino Joven Tempranillo, has become a region for quality and intriguing Reserva and Gran Reserva wines as well.

The 2009 Luis Cañas Reserva Selección de la Familia is harvested from 45 year-old vines and is composed of the region’s most planted varietal, Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. With a little bit of age these wines begin to evolve with many of the secondary flavors complementing the drying sweet and sour fruit. This wine shows notes of raspberry jam, sweet and sour red cherries, dried black fruits, green tobacco, and balsamic. A mix of new French and American oak lends itself to the wine by softening the fruit and adding notes of vanilla, dill, and coconut oil. This wine is best paired with local cuisine such as braised and grilled meats and stronger, richer cave-aged goat cheeses."

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2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - WE

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 93 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"Smoky, toasty oak aromas are dominant on a black-fruit bouquet that also shows graphite. This is saturated and tight, with complexity and outright deliciousness of savory, meaty, spicy blackberry flavors. Toast, cured beef and cocoa flavors prove that there's more to this than just heft and oak. Best from 2019 through 2032."
- Wine Enthusiast, 93 pts

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - WS

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"Red Firm and focused, this solid red delivers black cherry, tobacco and cola flavors over firm tannins, with balsamic acidity and a spicy finish. Not a showy wine, but fresh and harmonious. Drink now through 2022.—T.M."
- Wine Spectator (December 31st 2015), 92 pts"

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2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Opaque ruby. Ripe dark berries, vanilla and candied flowers on the pungent nose, with a minerally quality adding lift. Spicy and expansive on the palate, offering intense cherry and raspberry liqueur flavors and a hint of mocha. Becomes deeper and more broad with air and finishes with velvety tannins and a repeating floral pastille note that lingers with strong tenacity.- Josh Raynolds"

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

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2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 91 PTS - JS

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 91 PTS - JS

james suckling logo 250"Extremely aromatic and beautiful with currants, raspberries, and plums. Hints of flowers too. Full body, firm and silky tannins, and a fresh and bright finish. Made from old vines of 85% tempranillo and 15% other varieties. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (July 16th, 2015), 91 pts

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 90 PTS - WA

2009 Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"Smoky bacon and barbecued meat aromas are quite prominent in the 2009 Reserva Selección de la Familia. It is slightly more modern and oaky than the regular Reserva offering a sinewy palate where I found a ton of grainy tannins that would require time in bottle and/or powerful food, as the fruit might dry out before the tannins get balanced. Only time will tell. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #218, April 2015), 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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