Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 327,145 strong:

Register Today!

Barón de Ley Gran Reserva 2012 Wine Review

Barón de Ley Gran Reserva 2012

Barón de Ley Gran Reserva 2012

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 4

  Add My Review

Price: $34.95

Drink: 2018-2023

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Barón de Ley

Agent: Noble Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

A full-bodied, balanced Spanish red wine with aromas of dark fruit, smoke and dark spices. Pair with lamb in rosemary.

Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, roast beef, venison steak and sautéed wild mushrooms.

Best Beef Wine

This Barón de Ley Gran Reserva 2012 was reviewed on September 24, 2020 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2016  2015  2014  2001  2011 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

Hwy 401 & Weston (Crossroads)64 Add
Dupont & Spadina30 Add
Bayfield & Hanmer28 Add
Barrack & King25 Add
Dundas & Dovercourt22 Add
See More Edit
  • 224822
  • $31.55 
  • Check Stock

Reviews and Ratings

Andrea Shapiro rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

2012 Rioja Gran Reserva. I’m a fan of other wines from Baron de Ley and this one is a very good value for the quality presented. This one has Strawberry, raisin, woody prune, cigarbox and hazelnut dark chocolate all make an elegant appearance here. Minerals also cling to the back, with supple anise, clove and balsamic spices. tannins are strong but polished and the acidity is well integrated into the full body and finish. Dry and well refined. Mature and ready to drink now with roasted lamb or beef brisket. 90 points - tasted December 2018
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Lovely and well balanced. Aromas of dark fruit, cedar, cigar box, green herbs, leather and campfire smoke. Full bodied on the palate, with some bright acidity, and lots of smoky and leathery notes. Enjoy with grilled sausages, lamb, or a rich stew.
Baron de Ley Gran Reserva 2012 is a full-bodied Spanish red wine with a dried strawberry, raisin and cigar box nose, lovely leather, smoky dark fruit and hazelnut flavours on the palate. Great acidity on this maturing Rioja. Enjoy now or hold for another five years. Pair with a roast of pork. - Community Wine Reviews

If you liked the Barón de Ley Gran Reserva 2012, you might also like these wines:

Recipes for Barón de Ley Gran Reserva 2012



Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

VINADA® Sparkling Wine
Crispy Chardonnay Mini Sparkling,
Languedoc ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 327,145 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award