In 1972, Bodegas LAN was founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja Designation of Origin of Spain: La Rioja; Alava; Navarra. Bodegas LAN is located in the heart of Rioja Alta. The vineyard is situated in a breathtaking portion of the River Ebro. The vineyard occupies an area in which the climate, river and soil endow already exceptional grapes with a unique personality.
"Fresh and balanced, this red brims with cherry, spice and licorice, with light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity. The texture is generous yet delicate. Not heavy, but vivacious. Drink now through 2014. 200,000 cases made." – 90 Pts from Wine Spectator.
On the nose it smells of sour cherries, herbs, forest undergrowth, mulch, and mushrooms. It’s palate delivers herbal and rustic qualities, with enough tannin to help it pair well with hearty food. It is dry, well-balanced and showing great development. Cold starters, pasta and cheeses will pair exceptionally well with this wine.
The most noble of Tuscany's wines, Brunello di Montalcino is produced from vineyard sites surrounding the medieval hill-top town of Montalcino located about 75 miles south of Florence. Sangiovese is the only grape allowed in the vinification of Brunello.
The 2006 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino is superbly crafted, striking balance between intense floral aromatics, structure, and power. "The 2006... is a striking wine blessed with gorgeous clarity and precision in an effortless, weightless style. Dark cherries, tobacco, incense, dried flowers and minerals come together beautifully in the glass in this sensual, understated wine. Tobacco, licorice, menthol and an assortment of other balsamic aromas and flavors add complexity and character to the vivid, textured finish.” – Wine Advocate
The acidity keeps everything in balance and the ripe tannins assert themselves on the very finish. Give this one 3-5 years in the cellar and it will be even more expressive.
96 Points – Wine Advocate