An homage to traditional Rioja winemaking, Baron de Ley 7 Viñas is made from all seven grape varieties permitted by the D.O. including Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Mazuelo and the three white varietals Viura, Malvasia and Garnacha Blanco.
Terroir: The 7 Viñas is sourced from a high altitude, estate owned vineyard where mixed varietals are planted side by side creating a true traditional "field blend". Grapes are hand-harvested separately as the various varietals reach optimum maturity.
Vinification: Following a strict sorting, each varietal is vinified separately at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks until varietals are blended into four separate cuvees prior to aging for a period of 36 months in a combination of new and old French and American oak. Following the final blending the wine is bottles naturally without fining or the use of filtration.
The wine shows spicy red fruits and toasty oak notes, with great depth; the chewy fruit coats the palate. An impressive take on “The Old Rioja” meets “The New Rioja.”
The wine has expressive aromas of ripe, red berries and fragrant violet and dark rose notes. There are traces of spice, oak and vanilla apparent from the oak aging. On the palate, this big, rich wine is elegant and well balanced, with an unmistakable ripe fruit character with depth and complexity. The tannins are supple tannins and there is a long finish. A pleasure to drink now, the wine has great potential to develop.
Blend: Tempranillo: 55%, Garnacha: 15%, Graciano: 15%, Mazuela: 7%, Viura: 5%, Malvasia: 2%, Garnacha Blanca: 1%
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
"A rich, more modern type of Rioja with dark color, slightly raisiny berry aromas and molasses, vanilla and mocha on the nose. The palate is full and chewy, with cola, fig and wild berry flavors. Stylish and creamy on the finish,and very pleasant as a whole. 55% Tempranillo with four other grapes blended in, including Graciano and Garnacha"
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
This polished red shows depth, with blackberry, licorice, espresso and mineral notes. The tannins are firm but well-integrated, the finish fresh and long. This is generous yet focused. -Thomas Matthews
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Jay Miller
The 2004 Reserva 7 Vinas is a worthy successor to the 2001 reviewed in Issue 183. It is a blend of 55% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, and 15% Garnacha, with the balance Mazuelo, Malvasia, White Garnacha, and Viura. The wine was aged in oak for3 years, American for the Garnacha and French forthe rest. The final blend was then aged in a10,000-liter foudre for an additional 18 months. Dark ruby-colored, it displays classic Rioja aromas of cedar, damp earth, leather, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. Smooth-textured, ripe, andconcentrated, this lengthy effort has the structure to evolve for 3-4 years.
Score: 92 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
This is a field blend from 60-year old vines in Rioja Baja, including tempranillo (55 percent of the vines), garnacha, graciano, mazuela, viura, malvasia and white grenache. Its a modern wine with the savory, earthen grip of Rioja, balancing the black fruit with a wash of river-run gravelly tannin. While is aroma has yet to evolve past smoky oak, it offers a hint of orange zest and fig. Dense and powerful, this needs five years to cellar age to show itself more fully.
Score: 88 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
(Contains all seven traditional Rioja varieties, red and white). Deep red. Spicy aromas of cherry, red and blackcurrant, cracked pepper and vanilla oak. Smooth and sweet, offering fresh cherry and cassis flavors and a good whack of sweet oak.
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