2013 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja SKU #1269821

$12.99

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Tasting Notes

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)

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    4/29/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    1/27/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    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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