2013 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja

SKU #1269821

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 that 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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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2017 | Send Email
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We've been directly importing wines from this fine bodega for several years now, and the Crianza is an excellent example of precisely why. Superb fruit selected, harvested and carefully blended, then given a mandatory year in older oak barrels guarantees a wine of traditional character, elan and charm. Rich aromas of red and blue berries denote a classic, structured palate of balanced fruits, sandalwood, anise and tilled earth, with polished tannins and a lingering, layered finish. A wine that will elicit even more depth with a few years under its belt, er, bottle, but can be enjoyed today with a gentle decant. Lovely.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
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From one of my favorite Rioja houses comes this lovely, perfectly balanced and distinctively elegant 2013 Crianza Rioja. Deeply colored, the nose abounds with classic red cherry to strawberry to blueberry fruit characteristics that is underscored by spicy anise to truffle-like notes all of which is structured by a touch of cedary oak. Viscous, rich, layered, and well-focused in its complex palate impression, this amazing Rioja Gem has a bright and fresh purity in its presentation from entry to its long, warm finish. Drinking really well now with decanting and airing, Rusty and I plan to put down several cases of this high profiled, perfumed Gem for the next three to ten years. THIS IS A PERFECTLY BALANCED VALUE!!! …..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT….. ***** 13.0% *****
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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2017 | Send Email
This wine delivers, like it always does. Bright red fruit with a little more richness than the previous vintage. Plenty of classic Rioja spice and earth and all for under $15.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2017 | Send Email
So classically Rioja with the bright red cherry fruit, this $13 crianza over-delivers with copious amounts of earth, incense and beautiful baking spices.

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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.
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Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13