Bodega Casa Juan Senor de Lesmos Rioja Reserva 2005

2005

92

James Suckling

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

Cement tanks & American 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. Produced from 85% Tempranillo and 15% Mazuelo, the Reserva is a barrel selection of wines that Angel feels can undergo longer aging in barrel and then in bottle. Aged a total of 27 months in barrels, then into concrete for more than a year, the Reserva also sees bottle aging until Angel deems it ready for release. This wine ramps up the intensity of the Crianza, with more pungent fruit as well as a real spicy and wild quality. In a vintage as good as 2005, this wine is likely to improve for quite a long time.

2005

92

James Suckling