Baron de Ley Finca Monasterio is a modern styled Rioja that combines cutting edge viticultural practices with time-tested, minimalistic traditions.
Terroir: Finca Monasterio is sourced from a single estate vineyard surrounding the 16th century Benedictine monastery in Mendavia. Extensive Pruning and green harvests are practiced throughout the growing season to lower yields, resulting in less than 2 tons of extremely high quality fruit per acre.
Vinification: The Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are hand harvested and transported to the winery in small containers to prevent any harm to the fruit. Upon arrival, grapes are sorted again with only the very highest quality retained for vinification. The must is fermented in stainless steel tanks over a period of weeks with frequent stirring and pumping over, resulting in a wine of great power and concentration. Following vinification, the wines age for a total of 24 months in new French oak casks and is bottled without fining or filtration.
There's intense, complex aromas of toast, burnt coffee, spicy red berry fruit and liqueur, then forest underbrush, with mineral notes. On the palate, the wine exhibits suave tannins and firm acidity, and, despite a powerful structure, there's a warm character with an oak vanilla note.
Varietal: Tempranillo: 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon: 20%
Score: 93 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
Grown at a vineyard planted in 1985, surrounding a 16th century Benedictine monastery in the Rioja Baja town of Mendavia, this wine blends tempranillo (80 percent) with cabernet sauvignon and other varieties, aged in new French oak. Its beautifully fresh, with forestry scents of violets, cherries and cepes, driven by an umami character that amplifies the spice in the wine. The structure is tight and firm, needing several years in bottle to develop.
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
Saturated red. Smoky red and dark berry preserve aromas, with pipe tobacco, cola and mocha adding interest. Sweet cherry-cola and dark berry preserve flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity, which adds lift and focus. A youthfully stunted but there's clearly very good material here, and I like the fact that the fresh fruit has been captured in the bottle.
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Jay Miller
The 2005 Finca Monasterio is Baron de Leys bow to the modern school of winemaking. The wine was aged for 15 months in new French oak. Purple-colored, it reveals a nose of pain grille, mineral, black currant, and blackberry. Supple, ripe, and structured, on the palate it exhibits a Bordeaux-like combination of elegance and power. This lengthy wine will evolve for 3-5 years and be at its best between 2012 and 2025.Baron de Ley is a solid source of traditionally styled Rioja.
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