Bodegas Luis Cañas

Located in Villabuena de Alava, Bodegas Luis Cañas is one of the leading producers of Rioja Alavesa. The winery was founded in 1928 and has four generations of the Cañas family involved in farming grapes and producing wine. Originally the wines were produced in bulk and sold throughout the region on the back of a mule. The estate consists of 400 hectares of estate owned or cellar controlled, with some 100 plus year old bush vines. Most of the vineyards are over 30 years old and many are at least 80. All of the grapes undergo a manual selection process. Individual grapes destined for reservas and premium wines undergo a second selection based on their weight. Luis Cañas was the first winery in Spain to employ this type of selection process.Sustainable farming practices are honored and overseen by a team of specialists in this area. While the winery is not 100% organic, the use of herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and other aggressive or artificial methods are strictly prohibited to preserve the land and the strengthen the vineyard’s immune system naturally. Luis Cañas was the first winery in Spain to obtain the BRC Protocol with AENOR, the ISO 14.000, the ISO 9.002 quality certification, and inaugurated its own waste water treatment plant. Luis Cañas’ caring approach to producing wines that respect the environment and the process also extends to its workers. In 2006, the winery built and opened a facility to house 40 vineyard workers on the property. This initiative received the prestigious 2008 Caring Company Award given by the magazine Dato.

 

 

 

Rioja Crianza

From 30 + year old bush vines in Rioja, Alavesa. Aged for 12 months in 3 year old American and French oak. This Crianza has the distinction of being the only Rioja featured by the glass at Tickets, Ferran Adria's new restaurant in Barcelona.

Reviews:

"(95% tempranillo and 5% garnacha): Opaque ruby. High-pitched aromas of red berries and candied rose, with a peppery accent building in the glass. Zesty and sharply focused, offering nervy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness and depth with air. In a bright, elegant, almost pinot-like style, finishing with very good clarity and light tannins." ~90, Vinous September 2014

Price: Fl $176, 2cs $168, 4cs $160
 
Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo: 95% Graciano: 5% from 40+ year old bush vines in the Rioja, Alavesa. Aged for 3 years in both new and used American and French oak.

Reviews:

"(95% tempranillo and 5% graciano): Brilliant ruby. Smoky cherry and blackberry aromas are complemented by pipe tobacco, vanilla and cedary oak. Ripe dark fruit flavors show very good focus, with zesty acidity adding lift and spine. Smooth and appealingly sweet on the very long spice- and mineral-tinged finish, which is shaped by fine-grained tannins." ~ 92, Vinous September 2014

Price: Fl $232, 2cs $216
 
Reserva Selección de la Familia

Wines destined to making the Reserva de la Familia are made from a selection of grapes from old vines (over 45 years), which combine a series of characteristics such as good orientation and exposure to the sun and a poor soil which ensure low yields. Grapes are harvested into crates and selection of clusters and berries occurs on a double table. Malolactic fermentation occurs in new casks and the wine is aged 20 months in new casts, 50% French and 50% American.

Reviews:

"Opaque ruby. Ripe dark berries, vanilla and candied flowers on the pungent nose, with a minerally quality adding lift. Spicy and expansive on the palate, offering intense cherry and raspberry liqueur flavors and a hint of mocha. Becomes deeper and more broad with air and finishes with velvety tannins and a repeating floral pastille note that lingers with strong tenacity." ~ 92, Vinous November 2015

 

"Red Firm and focused, this solid red delivers black cherry, tobacco and cola flavors over firm tannins, with balsamic acidity and a spicy finish. Not a showy wine, but fresh and harmonious. Drink now through 2022." ~ 92, Wine Spectator December 2015

 

"Smoky bacon and barbecued meat aromas are quite prominent in the 2009 Reserva Selección de la Familia. It is slightly more modern and oaky than the regular Reserva offering a sinewy palate where I found a ton of grainy tannins that would require time in bottle and/or powerful food, as the fruit might dry out before the tannins get balanced. Only time will tell." ~ 90?, Wine Advocate, April 2015

Price: (6 pack) Fl $210 2cs $200