2002, Rioja, SpainBarAln de Ley Reserva comes from the vineyards of Mendavia (Rioja Baja). The climate in this part of Spanish region of Rioja is typical for its strong Mediterranean influence. The name of Rioja has almost become synonymous for Spanish wines. Today, in this 120 square kilometer area you will find 14,000 vineyards and 150 cellars where wine is produced, mostly out of authentic varieties of Tempranillo, Granacha as well as Graciano and Mazuelo. BarAln de Ley Reserva is a wine completely made out of Tempranillo, a variety that is best represented in Spain and also held in highest regard. Although it often appears in blends, for example with Grenacho, this time Tempranillo is the only variety in this wine, revealing the richness and power of this variety. However, if you know that maceration lasted for a week and that the wine aged for 20 months in new oak barrels, and after that laid for 24 months in bottles, unfiltered, you will get the idea about the strength of the structure, as well as a high potential to last. This is a wine made to last, so you dona t have to rush opening that bottle.