Wine of the month: Baron de Ley Reserva 2009

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I hadn’t been to Spain in years but I remember now why I like it so much. Great wines, amazing food and stunning architecture. Oh, and the weather is pretty good too. So, for my new feature: Wine of the month, I want to talk about special bottles to revive memories of Spain or to transport you there for the first time. For my first wine, I picked the 2009 Baron De Ley Rioja Reserva.

Baron de Ley is a winery situated in Rioja Alta, where the finest Riojas come from. The winery is located in based on an ancient monastery with Benedictine roots. The building was built in 1548 by the Eguía Count. It has had many aristocratic family owners. Today, the estate is lead by a prestigious Rioja professionals which decided to embark in a project which was unique at that time in the Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja: a winery that was based on the Médoc châteaux model, putting together all the pieces that makes the wine a fantastic work of art. Baron de ley is truly one of the best reservas available at the SAQ. For $22.60, it delivers lots of value for each dollar paid. The 2009 is amazing but the 2010 will be even great as Rioja had excellent growing season.

This Reserva was vinified and then aged for 20 months in American oak barrels, continued by an additional 24 months in bottle to round out the rough edges.

Baron de Ley Reserva 2009 Code SAQ: 00868729. $22.60

Attractive red ruby coulour with medium-high intensity. On the nose, aromas of black earth, cocoa powder. In addition, iron and black ink. With time in the glass, they evolve into nuances of spices and mediterranean mountain bush. On the mouth, the wine is powerful, structured developing a pleasant sensation of volume and onctuosity that leads to a long finish. Retronasal flavors bring to mind flavors of dark coffee and mocha. My food idea for this wine: Pulled pork sandwiches with aged melted cheddar.

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