Lan Rioja Crianza 2010
Wine: Bodegas Lan
Rioja might be the most familiar red wine region in Spain. Quality ranges as wide and flat as the region itself, leaving the drinker to rely on producer integrity for a good wine. Lan Crianza 2010 is an excellent value and a great weeknight sipper. Crianza is a legal term within Spain's appellation laws that dictates a wine of this level spend a minimum of two years aging before release, at least one of which must be in oak. This is a classic Crianza made from 100% tempranillo grapes - the region's native red wine grape - with cherry fruit and spicy oak flavors, bright acidity and easy tannins. It's versatile and drinks better than it costs. Win, win.