Barón de Ley Reserva comes from the vineyards of Mendavia (Rioja Baja). The climate in this part of Spanish region of Rioja is typical for its strong Mediterranean influence. The name of Rioja has almost become synonymous for Spanish wines. Today, in this 120 square kilometer area you will find 14,000 vineyards and 150 cellars where wine is produced, mostly out of authentic varieties of Tempranillo, Granacha as well as Graciano and Mazuelo.
Barón de Ley Reserva is a wine completely made out of Tempranillo, a variety that is best represented in Spain and also held in highest regard. Although it often appears in blends, for example with Grenacho, this time Tempranillo is the only variety in this wine, revealing the richness and power of this variety. However, if you know that maceration lasted for a week and that the wine aged for 20 months in new oak barrels, and after that laid for 24 months in bottles, unfiltered, you will get the idea about the strength of the structure, as well as a high potential to last. This is a wine made to last, so you don’t have to rush opening that bottle.
The wine has an attractive ruby red hue with medium high intensity. The aroma is pleasant, has a strong intensity and aromas in the tertiary stage. It reveals coconut and caramel, and a strongly accentuated spicy component. The flavor reveals vanilla, Mediterranean brush and a flavor of burnt and dried. The flavor is really full. The wine fills entire mouth, never showing emptiness. The tannins were a bit harder to identify.
It seems that the natural tannins from seeds and skins were polymerized, and the wine took in a lot of wood. Perhaps a bit too much for our taste. Namely, the wine is literally aggressive, but after a moment or two, it develops a pleasant and seductive sensation that leads us all the way to a long finish. What keeps it together is well preserved acidity. Namely, despite the strong, heavy and rich structure, the acidity gives the wine vivacity, so it does not seem that languid and dull it might have turned out if it wasn’t for the preserved acidity. The aftertaste is also strong, so we definitely recommend drinking this wine over a meal.
Best paired with:
steaks, roasts, game, especially game sausages, riper cheeses