A Wine for Tonight: 2006 LAN Rioja Crianza



By Kori ~ November 18th, 2010.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2006 LAN Rioja Crianza from the Rioja region in Spain.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

Bodegas LAN, founded in 1972, is named after the initials of the three provinces in the Rioja region of Spain: Logroño (now La Rioja), Álava, and Navarra. Rioja, located in north-central Spain, is probably the most well-known wine region in Spain. Red wines from Rioja are typically Tempranillo-based. Red wines labeled Crianza have been aged a mininum of 24 months of which 6 months were spent in oak.

“Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant aging aromas with fruity notes. It develops a good balance at the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins.” –Bodegas LAN

2006 LAN Rioja Crianza (Rioja, Spain): 100% Tempranillo. Medium to deep, ruby red in color. Very aromatic with red fruits and earth on the nose; red fruits, particularly cranberry, dusty notes, and spice come through on the palate. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity, medium drying tannins, and a long finish. Gets better the longer it is open.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $10.49; Available elsewhere, $9 to $15


Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Spanish Wine, Tempranillo, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Krista | November 18th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Agreed! and great suggestion. I had this wine for the first time at a Spanish wine tasting in September – went home with their last two bottles. Then found it again at my local wine shop (in Rhode Island) and bought a few more. Definite bang for your buck.

  2. Martin Redmond | November 18th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Great wine! Tried a bottle, then went back to buy a case! Great QPR. I blogged about it in Oct…http://wp.me/p10gB3-9J

  3. Kori | November 19th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Krista and Martin,
    Glad to hear you enjoy this wine too. Excellent QPR, indeed. Cheers!

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