2009 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja

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As is the case with so many other great spots in Spain, Bodega Casa Juan is located opposite the village church, in the beautiful walled pueblo of Laguardia. The winery is a converted flour mill, featuring concrete tanks for fermenting and blending the wine, and for ageing, barrels that are used for up to seven years. These are traditional Riojas in elaboration and spirit, though the site specificity of their Laguardia and Villabuena vineyards confers a fruit character all its own to these wines. And what fruit! Especially in the great 2009 vintage, the Crianza is a potpouri of mixed berries, with great purity and cut; these wines are somehow spicy and very drinkable, yet structured and fresh in a way few classic Riojas are. All estate fruit, hand-harvested, and carefully vinified with native yeasts, this is a hand sewn wine with the purity, texture, and elegance to prove it. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2015 | Send Email
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This excellent, and affordable, Rioja gives the best of both worlds. It has New World juiciness and brightness, with Old World spice and (subtle) tannin for complexity. Bright red fruits with bright acidity makes this wine a winner for nearly every meal. At this price, why not buy a case?
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2015 | Send Email
Like a fighter that punches way above his/her weight class, this is pound for pound one of the best wines in the store. The ripe red fruit is supported by a mineral backbone and plenty of spice. There's plenty of body here, but the snappy, lip-smacking acidity on the finish is classic Rioja! Drink up!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2015 | Send Email
One of our best deals in Spain. Medium bodied with dark red fruits accented with spicy oak and earth, a classic Rioja. Where this wine stands out is the intensity of its flavors, it has the persistence and depth of a wine more than twice its price.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2015 | Send Email
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What has become some of my two favorite Rioja producers are Bodegas Puelles and the productions from this fabulous house, Bodegas Casa Juan Senor de Lesmos, which are DI's for us. Medium deep ruby in color, this 2009 Gem offers a traditional style nose of cedar, an antiqueish tone, and red fruit driven aromas. In the mouth, it is balanced, complex, integrated, broad, and deeply flavored. It is a truly wonderful wine at a very reasonable price. Rusty has informed me that I need to bring home at least several cases of this Gem soon, and you need to do so, too. ***** 13.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2015 to 2025

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2015 | Send Email
We love this Rioja. As one of our favorite direct imports, it pulls off the mean feat of delivering great typicity for it's region, as well as presenting something unique, a different angle on a landscape of wines we thought we had known fairly well prior to finding these folks. Perhaps its the 15% Mazuelo, the particular organic sites in Laguardia and Villabuena de Alava (we are talking about vineyards in great equilibrium, with no need to even add any organic compost), or Angel's exacting winemaking. It all adds up to delicious wine that drinks beautifully now, as it will continue to for years to come.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2015 | Send Email
It's almost embarrassing how many excellent deals in Spanish wine there are right now. Sometimes it can be hard to cut through the noise, but this traditionally-styled 2009 Rioja from Lesmos is a cut above, and for only 12.99, an easy choice to make for almost any occasion. Bright red fruits with tea leaves, baking spice, and tomato give the palate a complex but fresh appeal. The acidity is integrated and consistent, making this a great pairing with anything from pork medallions to Spanish "gambas al ajillo" (garlic shrimp).

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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 Penèdes 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