Bodega Casa Juan Senor de Lesmos Gran Reserva 1998

PRODUCER

COUNTRY

Spain

WINE TYPE

Red

APPELLATION

Rioja

VARIETY

Tempranillo

AGE OF VINES

55 years

FARMING

Organic

SOIL

Chalky clay, grass, wild herbs

ALTITUDE

2550 feet

FERMENTATION

cement with wild yeast

AGING

30 months in oak

DESCRIPTION

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. Having spend 30 months in barrel and many more months in bottle, this Gran Reserva smells of ripe red fruit and chewy, dried fruits as well, with a subtle hint of tomato leaf. On the palate, the red fruits show great development, with lots of chalky minerality and the elegance of a middle aged Gran Reserva. A perfect blend of rusticity and elegance–so typical of old school Rioja– is clearly shown in this lovely wine.