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BARON DE LEY 04 GRAN RESERVA
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BARON DE LEY 2004 GRAN RESERVA

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2004 Gran Reserva spent 30 months in French and American oak. It is a mouth-filling, opulent effort from the great 2004 vintage that straddles the line between traditional and modern-style Rioja. It offers up a soaring perfume of wood smoke, pencil lead, exotic spices, lavender, and blackberry that leads to a dense, impeccably balanced, lengthy effort that has the structure to evolve for 5-7 years while showing why 2004 is such an esteemed vintage in Rioja. It should see its 20th birthday in fine form."

It’s finally arrived!!! Founded in 1985, Baron de Ley is a single estate winery located in Rioja Baja focusing on high quality Reserva and Gran Reserva wines. Based on the “Chateau” concept, grapes are sourced exclusively from the property’s estate vineyards. This is an innovative step in a region where bodegas typically source grapes from independent growers throughout the area.

Baron de Ley’s unique personality blends the best of old and new. Located on the grounds of a 16th century monastery on the east bank of the river Ebro in Mendavia, the estate covers 175 acres planted primarily to Tempranillo, and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. Quality and attention to detail are an obsession at Baron de Ley, where the ancient architecture belies to the latest winemaking equipment.

We have been waiting for this 2004 Gran Reserva for a while. Tasting other vintages we think you will like this wine now as well as in the future.

On the nose, we get a vast palette of scents: black cherry, sandalwood, soy sauce, carob, mixed exotic spices and herbs, dark florals, black raspberry-- pretty much a "wow!" nose; very expressive. The palate leads with sweet fruit, more exotic spices, a dark medley of berries and minerality. This is elegant but confident wine as the flavors and scents merge harmoniously without 'too much' of any single component blaring through; this while the tannins and acidity interweave throughout the rich mouthfeel, uplifting and sustaining the complete mise-en-scéne of the wine. The finish is lengthy and tasty. Again: wow!
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