A true classic from one of Rioja's best known wineries, Luis Cañas Gran Reserva is the result of a careful selection of over 50-year-old vineyards located in the Rioja Alavesa.
Then the wine was transferred into new 70% French and 30% American oak barrels. There, this reserve red wine from Rioja completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 24 months in the barrels.
Finally, it was further aged for 36 months in bottle before its commercial release.
We suggest that you decant this Rioja Gran Reserva 1 hour before serving the wine.
Right now, Luis Cañas Gran Reserva 2011 is drinking wonderfully. However, it will evolve nicely for 6-8 more years.
The wine Luis Cañas Gran Reserva has a nice cherry red colour with a brick red rim.
Seriously complex and multilayered, this Gran Reserva by Luis Cañas smells of pure, ripe black fruit and red fruit, underscored by a layer of mineral and earthy remembrances. There are also some notes of fine wood and spices, with a touch of leather and some smokey and floral nuances.
Elegant and silky, this blend of Tempranillo and Graciano by Luis Cañas is well-balanced and delicately warm. The wine shows a great vitality, with lots of ripe fruit, a touch of liquor, remembrances of toast and spices with a balsamic background. The tasty tannins and the crisp acidity certify that it will have a long life. Long and lingering finish with a smokey aftertaste and some mineral notes.
|Our personal opinion||
Elegantly complex and always precise, Luis Cañas Gran Reserva 2011 will probably become one of our favourite Rioja wines - that is, if it is not already.
Luis Cañas Gran Reserva 2010:
Enterwine 93. Parker 92.
Luis Cañas Gran Reserva 2008:
Enterwine 92. Peñín 91. Best Spanish Wine - Decanter Asia Awards.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 95%, Graciano 5%.|
|Pairings||Aged cheeses, Birds, Civet, Cod, Cured cheeses, Fish and vegitables, Game animals, Meat and vegitables, Mushrooms, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted red meats, Roasted white meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Approaching its summit at 8 years, I think it still has a good a 4 o 5 years ahead. Anyway, it is a great wine.
An exceptional Rioja, perfect for a family dinner or any special occasion. This wine has grace, equilibrium, poise, a lovely texture and a delicious ending.