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 2017 vintage in Rioja was a tricky vintage with late frosts on 28 April, like much of Northern Europe. This significantly reduced the crop in the Alavesa but top Bodegas like Luis Cañas can cope with what the weather throws at them and still produce consistently good wines. A warm summer, with much needed rain in August, followed by a very good autumn produced very good quality grapes. 2017 Crianza is ready now, but will improve with a bit more time in bottle. Decanting this wine will be a good idea if drinking for Christmas 2020.
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” 2016 vintage Tim Atkin MW; Special Report Rioja 2019
“Big, full yet plush and luxurious. Intense colour with juicy red fruit and delicate use of oak. Supple yet grainy tannins.” 90 Points: IWC Silver Medal 2021
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