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Luis Cañas Crianza 2016


  • Country: Spain
  • Region: DOCa Rioja
  • Grape: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha
  • ABV: 14.0%
  • Awards/Accolades: 91 points Guia Penin, Spain, 91 points Tim Atkin MW; Special Report Rioja 2019
  • Good to know: Organic practices, Vegan

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Tasting Notes

Luis Cañas Crianza has rich blackcurrant and raspberry aromas with hints of creamy oak with enticing balsam hints. This leads you into its concentrated, rich fruit flavours and complex, savoury layers. It is such an elegant, yet appealing Rioja Crianza, with great structure, excellent balance and smooth round tannins. We are always impressed by the quality and price of this stylish Crianza which is more like a Reserva in elegance, complexity and depth of flavours.


The 2016 vintage in Rioja was warmer than average and with lower than average rainfall the berries were small across the region, with the higher cooler vineyards of Rioja, like those of Bodegas Luis Cañas in the Rioja Alavesa, showing especially high quality.

It is made from hand-picked grapes from 40+ year old vines, collected in small baskets and then hand-selected before vinification process. The wine is aged in 60% French 40% American 225 litre oak barrels for 12 months. Quality new oak is another hallmark of Bodegas Luis Cañas and for this Crianza the maximum age of the barrels is 3 years old.

Located in Villabuena in the Rioja Alavesa, the best area in Rioja, this family-run Bodega hand select the very best grapes for all their wines and use top quality oak barrels. They are renowned for their attention to detail in their own vineyards, and those they control, all the way through to the selection of the grapes and the making of their wines. The result is world class, elegant wines with fruit wrapped in silky, oak laced layers.

“Balanced, modern and appealing, with a well-judged combination of French and American oak and bright red berry fruit.  91 Points.  Drink 2019 – 2025”  Tim Atkin MW; Special Report Rioja 2019

Check out our very competitive price!  Sells in some Independents for £16.99

Food match: A perfect dinner party wine; excellent with Roast Lamb and all grilled meats