- Rioja Alavesa, Rioja, Spain
Casa Juan is a family-owned and operated bodega in La Guardia, run by Angel Escudero and his family. While the family has been growing vines for years, it wasn’t until 1995 that Angel and his wife Anaceli decided to create a brand and sell it.
The fruit comes from small parcels of Tempranillo all trained en vaso, averaging around forty-five years old. They also own vines of Mazuelo in Rioja Baja, which accounts for fifteen percent of the final blend and adds lift and character to the wine. The soils are the typical calcareous clay found in the region, and the vineyards are farmed organically. Harvest is done by hand, and fermentations are spontaneous from wild yeasts in 24,000 liter concrete vats. Daily remontajes introduce plenty of oxygen. Once both fermentations finish, the wines are racked into a combination of old French and American (Pennsylvania) oak barrels.