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A gold medal winner, from the slightly cooler Rioja Alta region in Spain, this is a beautifully crafted mature wine made soley from the Tempranillo grape by Baron de Ley.
With sweet dark cherry fruit and a seductively soft oaky character, this is marvellously mellow.
Sip fireside, or enjoy with slow roasted red meats.
This wine is ideal for drinking now but can be kept for up to 3 years
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Olly Smith - BBC Saturday Kitchen 20/12/2014
Of the 2007 vintage, Olly Smith said: "“This wine comes from northern Spain – it’s 100% Tempranillo and has been aged in oak barrels to give a savoury elegance to the wine. If you see Gran Reserva on a bottle of Rioja it’s been aged in a barrel for at least 2 years, and in a bottle for at least three years, and what that gives to the wine, well it’s a bit like a meal in the hands of a great chef – it’s ready to go and seasoned to perfection. Pull my cracker it’s a belter!” “Perfectly poised to jingle all the way.”"
Anthony Rose - The Independent Magazine 17/01/2015
Of the 2007 vintage, Anthony Rose said: “For fans of traditional oak styles there’s the supermarket impressive finest* Viña Mara Rioja Gran Reserva with its mature edge.”
David Williams - The Observer Magazine 22/03/2015
Of the 2007 vintage, David Williams said: "Softly rendered layers of coconut, leather and blackberries in ultra-classical style."
Barón de Ley is a bodega created by a small group of Rioja wine experts who decided to embark on a project, which at the Reserva wines, and has earned itself a deserved place among the international winemaking elite. Baron de Ley is a winery founded in 1985 and modelled on the Medoc Châteaux, bringing together all the elements that make wine a work of art. Situated in Rioja Baja, only 30km from Longroño, Baron de Ley is the biggest estate owner in Rioja.
The vines are situated in the Rioja Alta region, with a Mediterranean climate and clear Atlantic influence. The soil type in Rioja Alta is Alluvial, rich in clays and limestone.