Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2005
Year… 1972. Bodegas LAN is founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja Designation of Origin: Logroño (now La Rioja), Álava and Navarra. It is located in the heart of Rioja Alta, which is synonymous with tradition and prestige.
Aged in American oak for 12 months this Rioja has a distinctly new world tinge to it. Fruity nose but not overpowering the wine eventually opened up to reveal a very nice acidic pucker (100% tempranillo), without compromising the deliciousness of the rasberry, cherry palate.
Not quite the body of the 2004, but still an excellent buy for a medium body slightly off-dry red. Well balanced, cherry with a hint of vanilla. Great with spicier dishes.
Nice but not overly complex. Balanced. Served with an Herb Crusted Prime Rib and it was a but unsupportive.
Like it more than the consensus here--and it certainly doesn't seem like a "sangria wine" to me. Medium bodied with strawberry and cherry fruit with soft tannins, good acidity and oak for balance. There are better wines out there for sure, but for $11 you could do a whole lot worse.
Tannins and oak overpower the palate, the oak also brings a strong woody aroma. It seems to be a good wine for sangria, but I did not try that. After standing for half and hour, the oak retreated to light floral aroma. The body however became lighter, and the wine gained a fruity taste. The tannins however remained overpowering.
Used it for sangria. Was a total winner! Tried another Spanish wine that did not live up to using this one. Went back and bought 3 more bottles for future use.