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2010 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva

Producer: Bodegas Luis Canas
Country/Region: Spain - Rioja
Ratings:
WA
92

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 tt 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.

2010 Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva
Vintage: 2010
Grape Varietals: 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano
ABV: 13.5%
Aging: 24 months in new 70% French oak, 30% American oak with Malolactic fermentation in new barrels.
Serving Temp: 65-70°F
Closure: Cork
Agricultural Method: Sustainable

Wine Making Notes:

The harvest
Vine health was excellent in 2010. Despite an irregular winter and an unusually warm spring, the cool and dry conditions in September and October allowed for a good evolution of phenolic maturity that brought accumulation of colour and aromas in the skins. The 2010 harvest was a model in terms of color and alcohol levels, allowing for wines of great elegance and with plenty of fruit expression.

Winemaking and aging
Upon entering the bodega, the bunches are selected by Luis Cañas himself before being destemmed so the individual berries can be sorted based on their 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. The result is a wine that portrays the essence of a classic Rioja.
After its primary fermentation, the wine is placed in barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and is aged for a total of 24 months in French and American oak barrels. It is then bottled and aged for a total of 36 months.

50 years old vines
Total acidity: 4.5 g./ l. Volatile acidity: 0.66 g./ l. PH: 3.67 Free SO2: 27 mg./l. Reducing sugars: 1.3 g./ l.


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.

Product Formats:

Item Number Unit Units/Case Type UPC - bottle SCC - case SRP/Unit
S0EE332021SRM 750ml 6 Glass 7 84585 01635 8 1 07 84585 01635 5 $46.95