This Rioja was my other January wine club bottle. I've written before about the soft spot I have for Spanish wines, and this one was no exception. For the price point, Spanish wines are hard to beat.
The Luis Cañas Crianza was a deep plum color, with a tight, closed-off nose. A little time allowed it to open up some, revealing subtle notes of black licorice.
The taste belied the nose, with notes of apple cider taking the fore. It was dry - extremely dry - but the tannins were nicely balanced, not chewy.
I shared this bottle with a friend and we both enjoyed polishing it off with dinner. It was a great table wine.