Wine Find

WINE FIND

November 05, 2008|By Michael Dresser

There are power wines and finesse wines, and this Rioja classic is finesse all the way. It's a medium-bodied red with tremendous intensity. At five years of age, it has passed the adolescent stage and reached a level of mature smoothness. (There's no reason to think it can't maintain that level for five to 10 years.) It offers penetrating black-cherry and blackberry flavors with hints of Mediterranean herbs and a touch of the vanilla flavor imparted by American oak.

2003 Baron de Ley Reserva

From: Rioja, Spain

Price: $28

Serve with: Grilled red meat, roast poultry

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