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May 31, 2010

Baron de Ley, Rioja Spain

2004 Baron de Ley Reserva
Rioja DOC, Spain
105 sek (ca 10 €)
♥♥

100% Tempranillo
13,5 % abv.

Medium-dark red color. Medium intense and developed aromas of spices, vanilla, plum and cherry (Oh, how I like this Rioja smell...), which also reflects on the palate. Firm (but still friendly) tannins and a good acidity, together with the alcohol give this wine a good structure, resulting in a nice balance. A medium-bodied wine, this is easy to combine with lots of different meals. Beef, lamn, stews, BBQ, tomato/pasta dishes. I found it on the Swedish Rioja blog, that I am following, and I agree with Erika: a wine to have at home...

The grapes come from Rioja Baja, the most mediterranean part of Rioja. The wine was aged for 20 months in new American oak and 24 months on the bottle before releasing to the market. (This procedure is part of why most Rioja wines just taste good...)

Baron de Ley is a rather young winery, est. only in 1985, with today 90 hectares under vines. The estate was previously Imas, with a monastery included - those bells are ringing when you open their website. 14.000 oak barrels, of which 12.000 are American and the rest French, are used to mature the wines.

Again, ageing periods for Rioja wines, just for the records...:

Ageing in oak:

Crianza

12 months oak, 12 months bottle released 01-Oct vintage +2

Reserva

12 months oak, 12 months bottle released 01-Dec vintage +3

Gran Reserva

24 months oak, 36 months bottle released 01-Dec vintage +5

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