Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2009
Full flavoured, strawberry-packed red wine from Rioja with a vanilla creaminess.
This Rioja Reserva from Baron de Ley was originally aged in American new oak for 20 months, before ageing another 24 months in the bottle. This has given the wine quite a bit of time to integrate the flavours of cedar wood and vanilla from the oak and the strawberry and black cherry flavour from the Tempranillo grape.
The result is a wine that is best characterised as strawberries and cream. Medium bodied, easy-drinking red wine with a surprising finish. The notes of wood you get on the nose are mellow on the palette, as you mainly get the fruit in the forefront of the mouthfeel.
There’s also some complexity of black cherry and cracked black pepper, but not to the extent you may find in a wine like an ageable Pinot Noir.
Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2009 (£9.29, Waitrose, Feb 2015 – usually £12.49) is best enjoyed now.
Strawberries and cream, oaky aromas, all integrated into a fine and enjoyable red wine – great with beef.