2004 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja

SKU #1081482

Composed of the same grapes in the same percentages as the Crianza, the Reserva is a barrel selection of wines that Angel feels can undergo longer aging in barrel and then in bottle. Aged a total of 27 months in barrels, then into concrete for more than a year, the Reserva also sees bottle aging until Angel deems it ready for release. This wine ramps up the intensity of the Crianza, with more pungent fruit as well as a real spicy and wild quality. In a vintage as good as 2004, this wine is likely to improve for quite a long time. I’d love to check back on it in 2020! As with many of the best Riojas, though, this wine is quite delicious right now if you want to drink some bottles while you wait for other bottles in your cellar to mature.

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Price: $19.99

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/29/2012  | Send Email
In my humble opinion, this Rioja is among the finest of the red wines currently available at K&L for $19.99. When you factor in all the characteristics that make a wine truly "fine"--provenance of the fruit, character and balance of the wine, complexity from barrel or bottle-age, drinkability, potential ageability, and general approachability, among others--few wines manage to hit all the marks and stay under $20 per bottle. Brand names, fancy zip codes, the critics - these variables merely re-jigger the formula, making special wines like this more expensive and harder to get. If you truly appreciate perfectly balanced red wine with complexity and character; wine that you can serve as proudly to a friend along with a plate of chorizo as you would if you had the President over for dinner, then, my friend, it is my pleasure to recommend this wine to you.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/22/2012  | Send Email
Wow - such a serious reserva for the price. This is a beautiful reflection of Rioja Alavesa terroir in some of Laguardia and Villalba's best vineyards, featuring darker berry fruits than their crianza wine but still with terrific chalky minerality and a wonderful balance of spicy savor and purity. Delicious now and even better with age, this is a wine you should consider buying by the case.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penčdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13