Baron de Ley, Reserva 2010
Star buy of 2015
Evocative scents of coconut, woodsmoke, dark cherry and strawberry fruit. Displays punch of citrus acidity and a fine rasp of tannin on the long, classic finish. Very well balanced with firm structure.
Tasters: Peter Richards MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Xavier Rousset MS
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A young business, founded in 1985, but one that was successful right from the start. Baron de Ley is based in an old fortified monastery. This Reserva has been the cornerstone of the winery since the beginning, under the guidance of chief winemaker Gonzalo Rodriguez. It reflects the warmth of the Rioja Baja, and vines grown on alluvial soils over clay, The ripe fruit is matched by 20 months in American oak. Baron de Ley set out to make Riojas in a modern style, and has continued to experiment with blends, and lesser known varieties such as Maturana Tinta.
Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW Despite a slight mustiness on the nose, the wine shows richness and becomes a classic savoury feast.
Sarah Jane Evans MW Dusty rose and violet nose followed by a rich, supple palate – super delicate. Only Rioja can do this, and with American oak. The oak adds a grainy texture and complexity to the fruit. The finish is long, with a hint of spice.
Pierre Mansour Closed but layered, seriously stylish and focused. Pure, black fruit, intense palate, beautifully controlled, velvety ripe tannins, and a very long finish. A stunning reserva that will age beautifully.
Price: UK – £12.49 Co-operative. US – $15.34 – $18.98 Sarotoga Wine Exchange, Wine Exchange*
*US stockist information from Wine-Searcher.com