The Hedonistic Taster
by L.M. Archer
Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format for me to share industry trade samples with you.
For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, the anachronym ‘LAN’ honors the three provinces that comprise the DOCa Rioja: Logroño (now called La Rioja), Álava (a Basque province) and Navarra.
Bodegas LAN employs five different types of oak for aging wines. Each impart distinctive flavor profiles appropriate to each wine aged. Oak types include French (aromatic), American (coconut, vanilla), Russian (similar to French, but less pungent), Hungarian (aromatic, lactic notes), and Pyrenean (caramel, clove, resinous notes).
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Wine: Bodegas LAN Crianza Rioja
Suggested Retail: $ 14
Robe: Deep ruby robe with inky rim.
Nose: Red fruit, red apple, peony aromas.
Bouche: Balanced, well- structured, lithe body, supple finish. Incredible quality for value.
Wine: Bodegas LAN Reserva Rioja
Suggested Retail: $ 20
Robe: Black hearted garnet hue.
Nose: Red and blue fruit bouquet with a hint of dill and vanilla.
Bouche: Dark plum, blueberry, brooding black fruit on the palate. Medium body, acids, tannins, finish. A wine that will amplify in depth and texture with age.
Wine: Bodegas LAN Gran Reserva Rioja
Suggested Retail: $ 25
Robe: Deep purple-ruby color.
Nose: Tobacco, violet, stewed dark blue and black fruit bouquet.
Bouche: Plum, prune, cocoa, blueberry bouche. Surprising light body, striated tannins, ethereal finish. Remarkably vivid pour for an eight-year old reserve.
Wine: Bodegas LAN D-12 Crianza Rioja
Suggested Retail: $ 20
Robe: Deep garnet hue.
Nose: Cassis, violets, potpourri aromas.
Bouche: Blackberry, cherry, raspberry bouche. Light-to-medium body; vivacious acids. Accessible now – will only improve with age. Well-deserving of its claim to fame as the “winemaker’s favorite.”
Wine: Bodegas LAN Viña Lanciano Rioja Reserva
Suggested Retail: $ 30
Robe: Deep, lustrous garnet hue.
Nose: Plush red fruit on the nose.
Bouche: Red plum, pomegranate, cranberry bouche. Light body, harmonious interplay between acids and tannins, sublime finish. This wine just gets better with every sip. The ‘soul’ of LAN, indeed.
Wine: Bodegas LAN Limitada Rioja
Suggested Retail: $ 50
Robe: Dark porphyry hue.
Nose: Leather, lavender, dried rose petal, red fruit aromas.
Bouche: A hefty pour – literally (the bottle weighs over 2 lbs.), yet it pours out light bodied, with bright acids and soft tannins on the palate. Red raspberry and plum give way to prune and spice, yielding to a subdued finish. A luxury pour sure to burnish its muted brilliance over time.
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