2011 Lan Reserva, $20
A blend of 92 percent Tempranillo with the remainder Graciano, this wine spends 16 months in hybrid barrels with American oak staves and French heads. It opens with aromas of blueberry, dark chocolate and creme brulee. A nice bit of cedar on the palate colors the creamy red fruit flavors, while ripe tannins come through on the long finish.
Tempranillo dominates this blend, along with 10 percent Garnacha and 5 percent Graciano, all aged for 20 months in French oak. The nose is filled with deep, dark cherry and berry fruit backed by vanilla, tea, toast and spice. This is an elegantly structured wine with a rich core of blackberry fruit flavors balanced by hints of olive, coffee and leather.
This 100 percent Tempranillo varietal spends just over a year in a mix of American and French oak barrels. Lightly toasted oak, vanilla and spice color the tart cherry aromas. Exceptionally well-balanced and medium-bodied, the palate of this wine is marked by dark plum and bright cherry, along with nuanced smoke, earth and spice.