Today’s Quick Sip is the Baron de Ley 2010 Reserva Rioja. The name strikes a “tasty” note with me because I recall enjoying several bottles of the producer’s 2014 Blanco – a refreshing white wine blend of 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia -- just this past summer. Their Tempranillo-based Rioja is what you can call a quintessential summer-to-fall transition wine. For my taste, however, it is a winner year-round because of its solid QPR (quality to price ratio) and food pairing versatility. Being a “Reserva,” by law, the wine has to be aged a minimum of three years, with at least one year in barrel. This wine has been bottle aged for 24 months, which further integrates the wine before it is released for purchase. It is made in an approachable, fruit-forward style and is drinking beautifully right now at five years old. Better yet, you can find it for under $20 at Cork Exclusive and free shipping is included on any three or more bottles of wine or spirits. For further information, please see my tasting notes below.
|Baron de Ley 2010 Reserva Rioja|
Review: Baron de Ley 2010 Reserva Rioja (SRP $25): This is a beautiful and alluring fruit-forward Rioja that is made in a very approachable, modern style. Deep and inviting aromas of sweet black cherries, purple stone fruit, and brown spice fill the nose and extend to the flavor profile with accents of violet, dried rose petals, and toasted vanilla bean. It is soft and round in the mouth with supple texture and balanced by a bright, palate-lifting acidity that drives the refreshing and lengthy finish. A tad shy initially, a series of vigorous swirls reveals its charm and complexities. For the money, this is a wonderful solitary sipper as well as an attractive addition to the dinner table. Though appealing now, short-term cellaring will likely reward the patient owner. Region: Rioja, Spain. Other info: ABV 13.5%, matured 12 months in new American and French oak barrels, matured 24 months in bottle before releases, cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.
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