Luis Cañas Reserva is always an intensely flavoured and elegant wine from one of the top Rioja Bodegas. The 2014 vintage has leather, oak, rich blackberry and blackcurrant fruit aromas with hints of balsam, liquorice and spice. The flavours are concentrated with rich dark berry fruits together with savoury layers of cocoa, liquorice and toasty oak hints. It is mouth-filling, and opulent style at the moment but has very good structure, balance and potential for ageing. This is a full bodied Reserva with excellent length. Luis Cañas Reserva is consistent in style terms where it sits between the lighter Urbina Reserva Especial wines and the full-bodied Muga Reserva Selección Especial; it is big step up on the very good Luis Cañas Crianza 2017.
Luis Cañas Reserva 2014 is still relatively young and will develop; we believe is ready to drink now (Spring 2021); decanting would certainly open up this wine in the next few months.
“Combining second use French and American oak, this blend of Tempranillo with 5% Graciano is unapologetically modern, with plenty of dark, chewy fruit, savoury tannins and supporting acidity.” Drink: 2021 – 2024. 91 Points; Tim Atkin MW Special Rioja Report 2020 (published Jan 2020)
Bodegas Luis Cañas
Luis Cañas hand-pick and hand-select all the grapes in their wines and for their Reserva they use grapes from specific vineyard plots. They use Mistral Tables for a double selection process, cutting through the bunches to ensure only the best grapes go into the fermentation process. The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed before fermentation in stainless steel, obtaining better colour extraction as well as much more complexity and structure, suitable for prolonged ageing. The wine undergoes a malolactic fermentation and is then aged for 18 months in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels with an average of two years in age. It then spends a further year or so in bottle, ageing at the Bodega, before release.
Tim Atkin MW has commented that Juan Luis Cañas grows some of the best grapes in Villabuena, which is praise indeed as this is an area known for its very high quality of grapes. The grapes in this Reserva come from vines over 40 years old; older vines produce less yield of but the grapes have greater intensity and the potential to produce more complex flavours in the final wine. The inclusion of 5% Graciano grapes in this blend, provides both structure and finesse.
Luis Cańas are a family-run Bodega, whose vineyards are situated in the best part of Rioja Alavesa; the care and attention from their sustainably farmed vineyards to their meticulous wine-making and barrel ageing processes mark them out as one of the top Rioja Bodegas, producing wines that consistently win acclaim internationally.
About the vintage
The 2014 vintage in Rioja had a promising growing period, which was welcome after the tricky and challenging 2013. However, rains during September were not welcome during the harvest period. Top producers are good at dealing with whatever the weather throws at them. Those who paid meticulous attention to their vineyards through the growing season with canopy management and cluster thinning produced excellent condition grapes.
2014 was rated as a Good Vintage by the Rioja Concejo Regulador and has been described as an “Atlantic” vintage by wine writers. In other words it was generally cooler which has resulted in Reservas which will be initially firm in tannins, but have the potential for being good to drink in the 7 – 10 year period from the vintage.
Food Match: Perfect with Roast Lamb, Game, Beef and mature cheeses.
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