Barón de Ley’s Rioja Reserva 2010 shows a perfect balance of fruit, oak and age. This high-quality Spanish red should be the centerpiece of a roast lamb dinner.
Barón de Ley is tucked against the Cantabrian Mountains — Spain’s most historic fine wine producing region. It has complex soils such as limestone, clay and iron, and features a breezy, warm climate. Barón de Ley was established in the mid 1980s, but it occupies a 500-year old monastery which seems to imbue their wines with tradition and gravitas. From a high-quality vintage, this 2010 Reserva wine showcases the Tempranillo grape in classic form: berries and cream flavours burnished and mellowed by two years’ in new oak casks. Rioja has a tradition of ageing wines in both barrel and bottle, which means that when wines head to market, they are gently aged and ready for your enjoyment. This medium-bodied red combines just the right balance of fresh, forward-fruit, with oak spice and cigar-box complexity you would expect in a 6-year-old Rioja Reserva. This wine pairs well with roasted prime leg of lamb, grilled chorizo or aged Manchego cheese.