Luis Cañas Reserva is always an intensely flavoured and elegant wine from one of the top Rioja Bodegas. The 2015 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, smooth and savoury. It has has very good structure, balance and potential for ageing. This is a full bodied Reserva with excellent length and finesse. 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 2015 is ready to drink now and we were pleased to read Tim Atkin MW review.
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Reviews of Luis Cañas Reserva
“Lower yields from older vines are the key to the intensity of this Rioja Alavesa blend of Tempranillo with 5% Graciano, sourced from six different villages. Inky, savoury and fresh, with classic chalky minerality, aniseed, black cherry and fig flavours and spicy, scented oak.” Drink 2021-27. 91 Points; Tim Atkin MW Special Rioja Report 2021 & 2022.
“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 2015 vintage in Rioja was one of the earliest harvests in history; all the vineyards picked their grapes over a four week period finishing by mid October. Usually the harvest is picked over a 2 month period. The weather was good throughout the growing cycle with warmth at all the right times, producing top condition grapes. The quality is particularly outstanding in those wines made from vines located in the cooler areas with moderate vigour and limited production. This sums up Bodegas Luis Cañas!
2015 was rated as a Very Good Vintage by the Rioja Concejo Regulador and has been described as an “Mediterranean” vintage by wine writers. In other words it was generally a warm and dry season. We think the 2015 Reserva has great aromatic quality and stands out for its finesse and elegance, with very good balance and structure. With careful cellaring it will be drinking well to 2026/7.
Food Match: Perfect with Roast Lamb, Game, Beef and mature cheeses.
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