Bodegas Luis Cañas

The Cañas family has been growing grapes and producing wine for generations. Founder Luis Cañas was born in 1928, and it was in 1989 when his son, Juan Luis took over as general manager of the operation. Luis Senior is no longer a young man, but still plays an active role in the winemaking process.

Located in Rioja Alavesa the winery processes some 2 million kilos of grapes every year (166,666 cases). In recent years, the clear focus has become meticulous care of the vineyards, mainly located on slopes and terraces, protected to the north by the imposing presence of the Sierra Cantabria. The winery owns or directly manages some 350 hectares of vines, a large majority of which are small parcels, many of which are very old - some more than 100 years of age, growing on nutrient-poor chalky clay soils. The careful management of 870 individual plots is what makes the difference. While not 100% organic, the winery takes an environmentally-friendly approach with minimal use of control agents.

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