"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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