£15.00/ 0.75 L btl
Fruit and complexity fit together to perfection in a wine which we could well designate as the Reserva of the 21st Century. It’s produced primarily from Tempranillo grapes sourced from vineyards which the Barón de Ley winery owns in Mendavia. It’s ageing for 20 months in new American oak barrels, plus a further 24 months of rest in bottle, endow it with its aromatic and gustatory fullness. A veritable treat for the palate and, it must be said, very good value too.
What does this wine taste like?
Displaying a bright cherry red colour with a claret-coloured edge and dense and plentiful legs, Barón de Ley Reserva delights the nose with a fruity intensity of raspberries and blackberries blending in perfectly with fascinating aromas gained from its elegant and wise ageing process. Hints of coconut and caramel combine with the freshness of mountain herbs to offer a splendidly balanced and direct nose. An impressive entry into the mouth leads to a full and unctuous mouthfeel with rounded tannins and a good degree of acidity. Spices such as pepper, nutmeg and vanilla sit alongside ripe fruit and stand out as retronasal aromas, while fine smoky hints and a delicate touch of cocoa appear in the background. Its elegant and complex bouquet leads to a long and intense finish embellished with red fruits which bring to mind Mediterranean woodlands.
|Bright / Picota cherry red / Garnet rim / Abundant tears / Thick tears|
|Higly aromatic / Fruit aromas / Raspberry / Blackberries / Ageing notes / Coconut / Caramel / Scrubland / Balanced / Frank|
|Good entry / Voluminous / Unctuous / Rounded tannins / Good acidity / Spicy notes / Pepper / Clove / Vanilla / Ripe fruit / Smoky notes / Cocoa / Elegant / Pleasant finish / Long / Intense / Red fruit|
Drinking and storing
Mushroom pasta / Roasts / Oven-baked quails
Ratings and awards
In February 2015, the tasting panel of the British magazine Decanter judged a total of 95 Rioja wines, and Barón de Ley Reserva achieved first place with 95 points and was classified as exceptional.
|2011||16 JR||90 PN|
Great wine at this price point
I am already a big fan of this wine but did not like paying UK supermarket prices. Ordering from Vinissimus was really easy, delivery was speedy, and I've never seen such high quality packaging before. I'm saving about 5.00 GBP per bottle, so that makes the wine taste even better.
Smooth and easy to drink
I very much enjoyed this smooth and warm Reserva. It has a pleasant nose and the soft, smooth mouth feel lingers. I enjoyed with with cured meats and hard cheese although I also feel it would be fine on its own. The price is very good so all in all I would buy it again.
Delicious and great value!
Very easy drinking Rioja which ticks all the boxes in terms of flavour and character! Struggle to find a better value wine at this level.
Excellent service from Vinissimus
Very good Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja at a competitive price, together with a prompt delivery from Vinissimus - great combination
Compared to 2014 this 2015 Reserva is on the next level. More refined, complex and balanced. Extremely good price / quality ratio.
|Ageing period||20 months|
|Type of wood||American oak|
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...