WINE OF THE MONTH Happinez wine of the month, March 2018Rioja Crianza 2013Bodegas LanSpainGlass 9Bottle 42Grape variety: 95% Tempranillo and 5% MazueloWine region: Rioja. Grapes are selected from 10- to 20-year-old vines from Bodegas LAN's long-standing suppliers in the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa subzones. Sloped plots of calcareous-clay soils with good drainage and sun exposure give grapes of excellent concentration.Wine making: The destemmed grapes were lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28ºC. Maceration in contact with the grape skins lasted 15 days, with daily pumping over for maximum colour and aromatic extraction. The wine was aged for 14 months in hybrid barrels (American oak staves and French oak heads) followed by nine months of resting and rounding out in the bottle prior to release.Tasting notes: Intense red cherry colour. Aromas of red fruits - strawberry, raspberry and cranberry are framed by fine nuances of vanilla and toffee. Silky and structured on the palate, it has a long-lasting and satisfying finish.