Terroir: The Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva is produced exclusively from estate vineyards in Mendavia. Gravel soils, southeast exposures, and the cooling of the Mediterranean sun combine to produce a wine of great power and structure.
Vinification: The Baron de Ley Reserva is produced with 100% Tempranillo that has been hand harvested, sorted and then vinified at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Maceration typically lasts 7-10 days in order to extract as much fruit and structure as possible. The young wines are aged for 12 months in new American oak followed by 24 months in bottle prior to release.
"Deep, bright red. Cherry-vanilla, cola and exotic oak spices on the nose. Traditionally styled Rioja, with lots of lush, creamy oak character, sweet cherry and red berry flavors and supple texture..." 90 pts. -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept.-Oct. 2009
"The aromas that rose up from the glass made me think of walking through a thick forest. Dark and woodsy, but with lively smells of cherry, cola, oak and vanilla. Red fruits up front, mediumbodied, with tannins that have softened thanks to its age. It has a comforting earthy quality overall. I nibbled on Manchego cheese as I sipped, and found a perfect, impromptu pairing. Love this wine."
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Jay Miller
Baron de Leys crimson-colored 2004 Reserva is 100% Tempranillo aged in American oak. It gives up aromas of cedar, spice box, mineral, tobacco, and blackberry leading to a sweetly-fruited, elegant,already complex, velvety-textured wine that will provide pleasure for another 10 years. It is an excellent value in traditional Rioja from a great vintage.
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
Deep, bright red. Cherry-vanilla, cola and exotic oak spices on the nose. Traditionally styled Rioja, with lots of lush, creamy oak character, sweet cherry and red berry flavors and supple texture. Need some more time for oak to recede.
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