I am a big fan of the Baron de Ley Varietales Tempranillo (see here) , so I thought I would try it’s more mature brother, the Baron de Ley Reserva. Most of the information here is found on their website, provided here for ease of information.
Baron de Ley Winery and Vineyard
The Baron de Ley winery is a restored monastery that dates back to 1548. The Benedictine monks of that period produced wine as part of their monastic duties and planted the initial vines in the area. In 1836 the monastery was confiscated by the Spanish government and deeded to Spanish nobility. Baron de Ley planted the first vines for the creation of their wine in 1985, and established their winery within the old monastery.
Located in the north of Spain close to the Pyrenees, the winery vineyards are influenced by a variety of environmental agents. For this Reserva wine, the grapes come the winery’s Mendavia vineyard. This vineyard is the first one, planted in 1985, and surrounds the estate in Mendavia. The grapes used in this wine is Tempranillo. The altitude is 400 meters above sea level. The combination of altitude and Mediterranean climate produce a grape of excellent quality and yield.
Review of Baron de Ley Reserva
As with most Rioja wines, this winery takes its time. This wine is aged for 20 months in new American Oak casks, with another 24 months rounding off in the bottle (nearly 4 years in the process!). This is a wine that doesn’t need to sit. Drink it as soon as you want!
Fruity nose of dark berry with a hint of vanilla. Excellent medium bodied wine, steady berry taste that lasts through the long finish. Smooth tannins that do not overwhelm the taste. I want another glass!