Gran Dominio

Rioja, rioja Spain

Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN lies in the heart of Rioja Alta. The name LAN comes from the initials of the three provinces of the Rioja Designation of Origin: Logroño, Álava and Navarra. María Barúa has been the head winemaker and technical director since 2002, and brings both scientific expertise (with an academic background in chemistry in addition to her oenology degree) and local knowledge (having been born and raised in Rioja). Together with her young and energetic team, María focuses on using the latest advances in winemaking to ‘express the virtues of the land’.

The estate farms its Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha vineyards sustainably. The Viña Lanciano vineyard is one of the most spectacular vineyards in the region, located on a bend of the River Ebro. The vineyard’s poor, stony soils and the average vine age of 60 years are both conducive to low yields. The vines are divided into 24 plots of different soils, grape varieties and aspects so that each can be hand picked at perfect ripeness. In the winery, there is a rigorous selection process to ensure that only perfect bunches are used. Bodegas LAN also painstakingly select and test their oak barrels and have even pioneered a hybrid barrel - American staves with French oak heads - which they feel imparts the best characteristics of both types of oak on a wine.

Gran Dominio

Reflecting their origins in La Rioja Alta, the Gran Dominio wines are made with a precision that shows winemaker María Barúa’s eye for detail and understanding of her native region. The Crianza is 100% Tempranillo, with aromas of black cherry, vanilla and a touch of spice. It is soft and juicy on the finish. The Reserva is predominantly Tempranillo with a touch of Mazuelo (4%), aged for six months in American oak then a further six months in French oak. The wine undergoes 24 months of bottle ageing before release. It displays rich aromas of red and black plums, with a subtle vanilla note and a smooth finish.

 

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