2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1379580 92 points James Suckling

 This has a beautiful depth of fruit with spice and dark fruits. Hints of parsley and cilantro. Full and super silky with a long and beautiful finish.  (4/2012)

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Finally, the great 2005 Gran Reserva from our favorite Rioja winery has arrived! 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 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. This is an amazing value for aged, quality Gran Reserva Rioja. 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 spent 38 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 tobacco. 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 (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

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By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2019 | Send Email
This is among the finest Gran Reservas from Rioja I have ever had the pleasure to taste—full stop. A drop-dead gorgeous red, this 2005 is a pure delight from the first sip to the last. A chorus of red fruits burst from the glass and are accented by delightful savory touches of mocha, clove, baking spice, fresh herb, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, but at the same time remains infinitely refreshing. Dollar for dollar, you won’t find a better bottle of Rioja. After savoring our last glass, my wife asked, "You can get more of this, right?" Thankfully, the answer is "yes," but I imagine not for long once folks catch wind of just how spectacular a wine it is. Seriously, this is one red you don't want to miss

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2018 | Send Email
It's crazy to me how much life these wines can have after 13 years in bottle, but this Gran Reserva is just only starting to blossom and show its true characters. So supremely fresh from the bright acidity, this is a fantastic blend of old world savoriness and fresh clean fruits. Señor de Lesmos is always my go-to recommendation for any level of Rioja to customers, but in this case, they are going to have to beat me to it.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2018 | Send Email
I've been waiting years for this release! I have consumed cases of the 1998 Gran Reserva (one of my all time favorite wines) and I had extremely high hopes for the 2005. Fortunately my patience has been rewarded. This beauty is every bit as good as the 1998. Being 7 years younger it is only just now stepping into the complexity that will undoubtedly develop. It's velvety smooth and in its infancy it has wonderful liveliness. The oak has just perfectly integrated and provides a backbone of spice, tannin, and contributes to the wonderful mouth feel. Given how many bottles I've enjoyed over such a wide drinking window of the 1998, I've already socked away a bunch of these 2005s to drink now and over the next 15 years.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
I remember how delicious the 2005 vintage Crianza and Reserva wines were from Casa Juan (that said, if I were to forget I can remind myself because I have some in the cellar..) Nevertheless, when I first tasted the 2005 Gran Reserva with Angel in his Laguardia tasting room, I had a little moment. I tasted the wine and found it to be spectacular, one of the finest "young" Gran Reserva Riojas I have ever tasted. We are fortunate to be working with someone as kind, genuine, hard working and serious as Angel from Casa Juan, whose wines continue to surprise and delight anyone lucky enough to drink them. I cannot recommend this special bottle of Gran Reserva highly enough.

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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