Rioja Blanco Reserva
The Château-inspired winery is a relatively new player in Rioja. Started in 1985 by a group of wine entrepreneurs, Baron de Ley quickly positioned themselves as a quality committed producer: small-yield crops, hand-harvested grapes sourced exclusively from their own vineyards, manual grape sorting (about 850 tons per harvest), dynamic wine-making approach, and state of art barrel/bottle ageing facilities. They established their headquarters in a 16th Century Benedictine monastery on the banks of the Ebro River in Rioja Baja near the town of Mendavia. Their flagship wine Rioja Reserva (tempranillo) received 95 pts by Decanter Magazine for the 2010 vintage. Other unique and exciting wines are completing the offer amongst which a Rioja Reserva Blanco (Viura, Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca); two Rioja reds from the indigenous grapes Graciano and Maturana; and a Rioja Reserva in which seven varieties are blended together (Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo, Viura, Malvasia and Garnacha blanca).
Blend of 70% Viura, 15% Malvasia and 15% Garnacha Blanca. The vineyards are located in the Najerilla Valley in Rioja Alta. Soils are composed of clay and limestone with a rather high content of iron. Each grape variety is vinified seperately and then blended to age 12 months in new American oak barrels.
Attractive, bright golden-yellow colour. On the nose you can find a cascade of intense aromas, with dried raisins, almonds and aromatic
herbs, followed by sweet honeyed tones and autumn fruits. On the palate it is lively, lasting, deep and complex, with lots of nuances, mineral undertones and a slightly salty touch.