Hailing from the Carboneras vineyard, the highest vineyard in the Rioja appellation, the 2014 Tempranillo is our newest wine from the Baron de Ley winery. Promising red fruits and well-developed tannins, we at the tasting team selected this Tempranillo as the next wine for our decanting test.
10 minutes after opening, the initial nose of this wine was resplendent with black cherries, soft herbs, and subtle whiffs of scorched earth. An additional 10 minutes began to reveal the sweet cherry pipe tobacco aromas while ever so slightly tart and extended red and black cherry notes and soft white pepper spiciness attacked the palate. These flavors came in a sustained wave that showcased an impressive 35+ second finish. While this wine may not be especially acidic, the slight tartness and a delightful salinity give this wine a very refreshing personality.
At the 30-35 minute mark, this wine became impressively complicated with emerging subtle flavors of black olive, elegant cedar, faint graphite, and sweet cinnamon spices. This level of complexity is a rarity, particularly at the $13.87 price point. This wine is truly a gift from Baron de Ley and would be ideal for your next tapas outing or a prosciutto & olive pizza. For those who enjoy tuning into the subtle complexities of this Tempranillo, Wine Spectator’s 90 point review will seem a tad stingy. Go ahead and consider this a Kats 91 and a spectacular value!