2015 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 aging, 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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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2019 | Send Email
The Lesmos wines never fail to impress with the quality and concentration they give. Though it may sounds corny, this is still a family run business, and I think you can taste the care and devotion put into this bottling. The Crianza spends the least amount of time in barrel and bottle before it is released, so it is a little fresher and lighter, and less brooding than the Reserva. This will make a fantastic Summer BBQ wine thanks to its medium body, slight spice, and vibrant fruit profile.
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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2019 | Send Email
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Although I’ve concentrated on Rhone and French Regional wines for many years, my first passionate encounters here were with Spanish and Portuguese wines, especially the classic timeless renditions from Rioja brought in by Joe Manekin, our wonderfully savvy and knowledgeable Spanish buyer. Although he recently decided to move on to other challenges, many of his favorite wines remain to remind us of his discerning palate, convivial nature and unflagging eye for quality. To illustrate, the modestly-priced Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza never fails to impress with its sense of balance, incredible freshness and approachability, showcasing savory red fruits, good structure and polished tannins. A great match for festive paellas, grilled lamb skewers, or a hunk of warm bread and a fist-sized chunk of Manchego.
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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2018 | Send Email
This could be one of the best deals for red wine in the store. Bright and dark fruits backed with spice and earth. Medium bodied with enough structure to stand up to the richest food but not so much that it cannot be enjoyed by itself.

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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