The arrival of the Autumn weather may finally slow the amazing sales of rose this summer as we prepare to enjoy some of the fuller red wines. We would normally be planning our Christmas tasting now, but sadly this will have to wait until next year. Instead we will be running a series of great value offers through to Christmas. This month we have great offers across the Luis Canas Rioja range (see the article below).
All the COVID precautions remain in place in the shop and we continue to offer free local delivery and deliveries nationwide for just £9.95. Our drivers continue to respect the two metre distancing advice from government. Alternatively you can order online for collection at a safe distance from the shop. We wish you all well and hope you will be in touch soon.
Simon and the Talking Wines Team
Luis Canas - Rioja's Finest
Rioja is Spain's most famous wine region, producing large quantities of reliable, mostly red wine. Rioja was helped by the arrival of wine merchants from phyloxera hit Bordeaux in the late nineteenth century, benefiting from their expertise. As with most regions the quality varies greatly and finding the finest producers is never easy.
We have been working with Bodegas Luis Canas for over ten years and have always been impressed with their wines which continue to improve. Traditionally the Rioja wine industry was split into growers who made the wine and then sold the wine in bulk to merchants to age, bottle and sell the wine. In 1970 Luis Canas became the first winemaker in Rioja Alavesa to bottle his own wine.
This pioneering approach has continued to this day. Now with 350 hectares of outstanding vineyards, split across 870 different plots adopting organic practices and a modern well equipped winery Luis has been succeeded by his son Juan Luis. The range of wines is characterised by minimal intervention leading to elegant wines with pure fruit, subtle oak and great freshness, true talking wines.
The white old vine Rioja is made from vines at least 60 years old. Citrussy Viura (90%) is blended with the more weighty Malvasia with just a touch of oak to give a fresh, dry wine with hints of flowers, fruits and hazelnuts. The red Crianza is a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Garnacha with 12 months in old oak. The oak is much less than in many Rioja Crianzas with the pure fruit to the fore. Velvety plum and cherry fruit and exceptionally smooth.
The star of the show is the Reserva de la Familia, produced from 85% Tempranillo and a blend of other varieties including a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon which was authorised for planting for a short time in Rioja in the past.
Aged for eighteen months in new French and American oak the wine is intense and complex with real depth.
For the month of October we will be running a promotion on Luis Canas wines with the Blanco old vine reduced from £13.99 to £11.99, Crianza from £15.99 to £13.99 and Reserva de la Familia from £26.50 to £23.50.
These offers are available in the shop or online.
Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2015 Offer
We still have some stock remaining in order to offer this amazing wine at an amazing price. A 12 hectare estate on the southern slopes of the Montalcino hill, this wine is made with real craft and tenderness.
This 2015 vintage has aromas of dark berry fruit, cedar and leather. Full and rich, wonderfully complex with savoury notes, fine tannins and amazing length. A great match with game dishes and ideal for the cooler Autumn nights.
A case of six would normally set you back £258. We have secured a small parcel and are offering the wine at just £200 for 6. It is ready to drink now or will cellar for another ten years or more. Stock is limited and will be reserved on a first come basis. You can get in touch or order via the website.
New Wines for October
Fabrizio Vella Bianco Natural Wine, Sicily £8.99
Menade Nosso Natural Organic Verdejo, Spain £16.50
Olim Bauda Gavi di Gavi, Piemonte, Italy £18.99
San Fiorenzo Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy £23.00