Baron de Ley

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo

8.91019 ratings
8.944 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Venison, Exotic Spices, Potato, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, White Rice, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Deep Ruby with a bouquet of berry fruits, pepper spice, earthy tones and herbs. On the palate flavors of plum and cherry, tobacco, herb pepper spice, lively acidity. Firm chewy tannins, medium+ finish ending with fruit, herbs, spice and an earthy character.

Deep Ruby with a bouquet of berry fruits, pepper spice, earthy tones and herbs. On the palate flavors of plum and cherry, tobacco, herb pepper spice, lively acidity. Firm chewy tannins, medium+ finish ending with fruit, herbs, spice and an earthy character.

Oct 24th, 2023
Adam Kincaid

Sixth and final round of tasting and we all went 0-3 on the reds. This one was so maddeningly obvious. The dill!

Deep ruby color that is thick as tar, there is an enormous amount of vanilla and jammy over-ripened black fruit. Lacking some of the floral notes I’d expect in. Reserva, it makes up for it with eucalyptus and leather, a touch of mint, and plenty of balsamic. There’s also an earthy mushroom thing happening. Moderate tannins, low acids. Plenty of alcohol.

How did we fail here
@Jillian Varner?

Sixth and final round of tasting and we all went 0-3 on the reds. This one was so maddeningly obvious. The dill!

Deep ruby color that is thick as tar, there is an enormous amount of vanilla and jammy over-ripened black fruit. Lacking some of the floral notes I’d expect in. Reserva, it makes up for it with eucalyptus and leather, a touch of mint, and plenty of balsamic. There’s also an earthy mushroom thing happening. Moderate tannins, low acids. Plenty of alcohol.

How did we fail here
@Jillian Varner?

Jan 29th, 2023
brando cox

👃oaky vanilla and red fruit: cherry cassis plum blackberry.
👄 raspberry blueberry black cherry
📋 Great balanc
Solid acidity and aromas. Enjoyable in 20 min or an hour in the decanter. Suggest to monitor closely. A lovely wine bargain.

👃oaky vanilla and red fruit: cherry cassis plum blackberry.
👄 raspberry blueberry black cherry
📋 Great balanc
Solid acidity and aromas. Enjoyable in 20 min or an hour in the decanter. Suggest to monitor closely. A lovely wine bargain.

Sep 6th, 2019
Gregory Fulchiero

Dark ruby core and lower than expected acid leads me to believe the fruit was harvested rather late. Hits all the check marks - finish is med (-) - enjoyable

Dark ruby core and lower than expected acid leads me to believe the fruit was harvested rather late. Hits all the check marks - finish is med (-) - enjoyable

Dec 17th, 2017
Christopher Fowler

The sticker on the bottle says 95+, but that's a bit rich. It's good, though. Sold with strict instructions to decant for at least an hour and that turned out to be absolutely necessary. Tannins still firm, but air brings out lots of coca and dark cherry.

The sticker on the bottle says 95+, but that's a bit rich. It's good, though. Sold with strict instructions to decant for at least an hour and that turned out to be absolutely necessary. Tannins still firm, but air brings out lots of coca and dark cherry.

7 people found it helpfulMar 6th, 2016
Per Mosseby

A nice Rioja - definitely no artificial vanilla and almost like a decent Bordeaux

A nice Rioja - definitely no artificial vanilla and almost like a decent Bordeaux

6 people found it helpfulJun 5th, 2014
Chris A

A nice, basic Rioja - basic light vanilla notes at the finish

A nice, basic Rioja - basic light vanilla notes at the finish

4 people found it helpfulJun 21st, 2014
Sardine House

Deep cheery colour. Notes of cherry and port. Smooth taste with black currant and plumbs with almost no noticeable tannins. Short, soft finish. Fantastic!

Deep cheery colour. Notes of cherry and port. Smooth taste with black currant and plumbs with almost no noticeable tannins. Short, soft finish. Fantastic!

3 people found it helpfulJul 15th, 2016
Felipe Ferreiro

Sommelier/Wine Director Restaurante Las Rias Bajas

8.6

Capa media baja, densidad media, en nariz predomina la vainilla, pan tostado y pimienta negra. En boca muy correcto pero con poca sorpresa, final agradable.

Capa media baja, densidad media, en nariz predomina la vainilla, pan tostado y pimienta negra. En boca muy correcto pero con poca sorpresa, final agradable.

3 people found it helpfulDec 10th, 2015
Ilkka Sirén

Wine specialist Maku magazine, Sherry educator

8.4

T to the O, tempranillo. 😊

T to the O, tempranillo. 😊

3 people found it helpfulJun 21st, 2014