Baron de Ley, whose winery is based in Mendavia about 30km to east of Logroño, own vineyards across all the main Rioja districts but specialise in the Baja area which is the warmest part of Rioja. As a result, the wines here possess a lovely, rich-fruited style.
Baron de Ley own a large vineyard area of around 320 hectares planted on alluvial soils, rich in clays and limestone. Their reserva is the highlight of their range and is usually 100% tempranillo. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless-steel tanks then aged in new American oak barrels for 20 months, followed by 24 months in bottle.
The use of American oak and this extended ageing period means Baron de Ley represents the classic style of Rioja, resting its quality on smooth texture, spicy oak and silky tannins.