2001 Bodegas Lan Gran Reserva, DOC Rioja
The weather's been getting a bit more autumnal in Toronto, and I was in the mood for a warmer red wine. Rioja always works nicely in the fall. I have many vintages of Bodegas Lan, and decided to pull out a gran reserva. These wines have a bit more age, both in cask and in bottle before they're released. And I didn't have any other red wines in the house.
This wine shows a dark red colour, with a full saturation to the rim. Gives a very oaky nose, with lots of cedar and spice. Some red fruits, but this is made in a modern style. Fleshly fruit, and even a bit confected. The oak is bothering me. On the palate, there is a silky texture, but the oak really roars on the finish. Spicy. Not impressed. I was hoping for a more traditional Rioja. We'll see how the other bottle does.