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Barón de Ley Finca Monasterio 2017

Barón de Ley Finca Monasterio

2017
Rioja (Spain)

The Finca Monasterio wine is made from grapevines planted in Mendavia in 1985, near the Benedictine ...

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£21.79

/ 0.75 L btl

Barón de Ley Finca Monasterio 2017

Type

Wine Red Reserva

Origin

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content i

14.0%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2017

Review

The Finca Monasterio wine is made from grapevines planted in Mendavia in 1985, near the Benedictine monastery belonging to the Barón de Ley winery. The grapes are mainly Tempranillo but small amounts of other varieties are used too. They are harvested by hand and then undergo a strict selection process which can reject around 20% of the grapes. Only the best fruit is destemmed ready for the fermentation process which includes regular bâtonnage (lees stirring) and daily checks on the must. After a lengthy maceration period, lasting longer than the fermentation itself, the resulting wine has an excellent extraction of colour and tannins which provide it with the profile of a modern wine with a great future.

It is aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels and then spends a further 6 months in 10,000-litre foudres made from the same oak. The wine is neither filtered nor stabilized before being released onto the market.

The wine has an intense and dark Picota cherry colour, with a persistent rim of violet hues. Clear aromas of black fruit jams (blackberries and plums) dominate alongside balsamic wood, with hints of tea and herbal infusions, coconut, lactic notes, cocoa, and spices such as cloves. On the palate, the Finca Monasterio is well-structured, flavoursome, balanced and elegant. Juicy and embellished with balanced tannins, it has a penetrating smoky, almost peaty, undertone. Its rounded toasty finish makes it a mouth-watering drink.

Food pairing

Cured cheeses / Oxtail / Game terrine

Production

  • Vinification material:Wood
  • Ageing period:24 months
  • Barrel age:New
  • Type of wood:French oak
  • Clarification and filtration:Unfiltered

Tasting notes

  • ViewPicota cherry red / Dark / Intense / Violet rim
  • Bouquet:Lactic notes / Spicy notes / Jam / Black fruit / Cocoa / Balsamic notes / Blackberries / Plums / Fine woods / Coconut / Fruit aromas / Clove / Black tea / Pure
  • Mouth:Balanced / Structured / Elegant / Flavoursome / Juicy / Smoky notes / Rounded / Roasted notes / Well-integrated tannins / Pleasant finish / Peat / Easy to drink / Pleasurable

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:16ºC

Customer reviews

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by: jean charles (30 Jan) - Vintage 2017

Puissance et subtilité

Un grand vin très long en bouche souple avec de délicieuses notes boisées et une densité extraordinaire. Un pur régal.

by: Christian (30/09/2018) - Vintage 2015

Very nice.

Perfectly balanced. It has a nice nose and nice flavour. Perfectly complex but without over doing it. Good value for money.

by: Colin Foster (18/09/2018) - Vintage 2015

One of the best Riojas

For me. I would not pick this as a Rioja in a blindfold test. This wine is thick, almost "jammy", with a sweet palate and a strong aftertaste of premium grapes. Just as good as the 2014. One to bring out to share with friends on a winter night.

by: Gianni Trento (28/09/2018) - Vintage 2015

Sorpresa

E' la prima volta che acquisto questo vino. Certamente non un prezzo basso ma comunque merita. Corposo quanto basta mi è piaciuto.

by: Murdo MacKinnon (29/12/2016) - Vintage 2012

Guaranteed winner

This is a remarkable wine for the price one of my now favourite Rioja's a Guaranteed winner. It has elegance and taste that words cannot do it justice, you simply have to try. The brass label add to its gentle pose that looks regal on any table.

Barón de Ley

Barón de Ley

The Barón de Ley winery is located in an old monastery in the town of Mendavia, in the Navarre area of the DOCa Rioja appellation. Founded in 1985 and inspired by the Médoc châteaux in France, its Reserva and Gran Reserva wines were quickly rated among the best wines for long-term ageing. One of the few Spanish wineries listed on the stock exchange, it is now a business group bringing together names such as El C...

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