In a nutshell: A layered and velvety Rioja Crianza with ripe, fresh red fruit flavours.
The lowdown: Certainly quite a grown-up Rioja with good, ripe, fresh red fruit flavours. In Rioja the term 'Crianza' on the label means the wine inside will have been aged for at least 12 months in oak barrels giving extra layers of flavour and tannins. This one spent its time in a mix of new French and American oak which has given it gently assertive vanilla, cedar and dried herb notes which complement the primary fruit flavours really well. It's full of rich red fruit flavours and the impressively dense palate has well rounded tannins and good levels of acidity giving it a clean fruity finish with a hint of eucalyptus..
When to drink: Very versatile when it comes to matching with food. Roasts and poultry naturally, while a classic paella works an absolute treat.
From their winery in Villabeuna Luis Cañas, in 1970, changed two hundred years of tradition and became the first winemaker in Rioja Alavesa to bottle his young wine rather than sell it as bulk. This bold move, and his continued pioneering spirit, has cemented the winery's enviable reputation as one of the most progressive in the region.
Sheltered below the watchful Sierra Cantabria, the vineyards are all old, small plots on chalky-clay soils with a dedicated team of vineyard workers carrying out organic practices and a purpose built, fully equipped accommodation block was built for the entire vineyard team in 2006. In his late 80's, Luis still leads the annual harvest, standing at the head of the selection table, keen to ensure that only the best parcels of grapes are used in his wines. His son, Juan Luis Cañas is now the powerhouse behind this highly accomplished winery, but everywhere you go there is a feeling of family, and especially of the lasting legacy that Luis Cañas will leave for both his son and the Alavesa.
One of the fundamental philosophies of Luis Cañas is that the best wines can only be obtained from the best possible grapes - and this begins and ends in the vineyards.
With 350 hectares of outstanding vineyards, split across 870 different plots, the viticultural department control every aspect. Each of the plots has its own personality and is categorised and used for different wines according to its characteristics.