The 1996 Bodegas Lan Viña Lanciano reserve Rioja is drinking fabulously in it's prime and is a great example of what an aged wine tastes like in it's prime. The color of the wine is still deep red in the center but fading to a brick red around the edges and is gracefully showing it's age. On the nose I get layered aromas of soft black cherry, plum, sweet tobacco, raisin, tea leaf, chalk, and potting soil. This is a very nuanced wine with multiple layers brought on by none other than - time in the bottle. On the palate this wine is amazingly soft and shows a flavor profile of ripe black cherry, plum skin, sweet tobacco leaf, mineral, wet leather, and just a touch of soil and chocolate. A very complex effort that I believe is drinking at it's prime.
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