Bodegas Luis Cañas has been at the heart of Rioja since 1928, though the contemporary story begins in 1970 when Luis Canas became the first Rioja Alavesa winemaker to bottle his young wine rather than sell it in bulk. Situated in Villabuena, Luis Cañas utilise their knowledge of the local climate, terroir, cultivation methods and a real sense of pride and dedication to create these unique wines - every harvest Luis Cañas, now 83, stands at the head of the selection table keenly ensuring only the best parcels of grapes are used. The end result is wine consistently packed with fruit and wrapped in a silky, oak-laced layer of flavour that seems unique to Rioja - truly world class.
What: Rioja – Tempranillo blend. This is a seductive wine to linger over during the course of the meal. Each visit to the glass will offer the patient drinker something different. This autumn it will go well over a long relaxing lunch of a hearty stew or game while we reminisce over the summer days behind us.
When: 2006 (Drinking now to 2016)
Tech: The vines used for the Reserva have an average age of 40 years. Grapes are hand selected and brought to the winery in the smallest tractors in the region. They are hand sorted at one of the wineries two Mistral sorting tables. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks at 28 degrees before the wine is aged in new French (12 months) and American oak (6 months), with lees, until bottling.
Taste: A seductive and complex wine, consistently packed with fruit and wrapped in a silky oak-laced layer of flavour that seems unique to Rioja