2011 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja

SKU #1254703

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!This crianza is a potpouri of mixed berries, with great purity and cut which provides a lovely contrast to the spiciness and oak nuances. Casa Juan's 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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By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
One of our favorite house wines is back! This Crianza is loaded with mixed berries, vibrant acidity, an array of spices, a touch of earthiness, and perfect oak notes to wrap it all up. Bonus: you can open it up any day of the week and be impressed! Great food wine, perfect to load up on for your next gathering.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2016 | Send Email
This could be the best value from our Spanish selections and there are a lot of values to be had there. Why because this is not just a simple delicious wine, it is delicious but there is too much wine here to be called simple. Multidimensional fruit tones, spice, and earth. Medium bodied with sneaky intensity and just the right amount of acidity, this wine belongs on the dinner table, right next to the salt and pepper.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
Once again a great value for money from Lesmos. Classic combination of earthiness and fruit. Medium bodied, super versatile; a work horse wine that turns every night value into a much more engaging experience than you might think!
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- 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.


- 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.


Alcohol Content (%): 13