Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva Rioja 2011, Spain

For #tempranilloday here is a delicious one from Rioja.

A very pretty color of dark ruby with a reddish/ brick rim.

Delightful nose of blueberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, light vanilla, earth, tobacco, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in body and elegant with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, cedar, spices, tobacco, brown sugar, coffee, earth, wet rocks, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Tempranillo blend from Rioja. Spicy and intense with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is starting to drink very nicely now. Would be nice to see how it evolves in the next 10 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine. A good wine to enjoy with friends and talk about. Awesome nose. Loved smelling on it for a long while.

Needs 90 minutes in a decanter to open up properly and remove some of the acidity, so take your time.

A good food wine too. Nicely balanced with enough fruits for the earthiness this region brings to the table.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 10 years. The tangy finish makes it interesting.

A blend of 88% Tempranillo and 12% Graciano. Grapes were hand-harvested and aged for 26 months in French Oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

@BodegasLAN #BodegasLAN.

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