Bodegas LAN: Rioja Innovation and Evolution
Every wine brand has a culture, strategically built or cultivated. For Bodegas LAN, a relative newcomer on the Rioja scene, comparative to its peers, it seems strategy and cultivation go hand in hand.
LAN - an acronym based on the initials of each of the three provinces that form the D.O.Ca. Rioja: Logroño, Alava and Navarra - was founded in 1972 in the heart of Rioja Alta. Bodegas LAN’s attention to detail, pristine raw material and pioneering use of mixed oak barrels results in personality-first wines with vintage consistency.
LAN prides itself on its technical advances which ensure the protection and sustainability of its vineyards and the surrounding fauna and flora. This nurturing of viticulture creates the correct environment to pursue winemaker / technical director Maria Barúa’s tailored ageing system, which is the first of its kind in Rioja.
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November 5, 12, 19, 26 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm ET
WSET Wine Educator Lyn Farmer @fizzfan
Week 1 - November 5: Bodegas LAN Introduction > Historical & Topographical Overview
Week 2 - November 12: Modern Innovation
Week 3 - November 19: Viña Lanciano > The Relationship between Vineyard & Oak
· American oak. Sourced in Ohio and Missouri, from the Appalachian forests, it adds intense aromas of vanilla, coconut and aromatic plants.
· Russian oak. From the Caucasus and the Republic of Adygea. It is similar in aromas to French oak, although it is less pungent, respecting the primary aromas of the grape.
· Hungarian oak. It is very similar in aromas to French oak. In the case of Tempranillo it adds slightly more lactic notes.
. Pyrenean oak. It is high in polyphenols, adding vanilla, caramel, almond, clove and resinous notes. It is the latest type of oak to be added to our constantly evolving ageing process.
Week 4 - November 26: Tech and Sustainability