Baron Amarillo Rioja

Reviewed by Neil Morris - 18 September 2012

Baltos-BierzoStyle: Red

Variety: Tempranillo

Year: 2006

Alcohol by volume: 12.5%

Region: Rioja

Producer: Bodegas Senorio de Hueda

The wine

Even in these times of austerity, there are still those who would shudder at the thought of cutting corners when it comes to wine. They certainly would not be seen dead roaming the aisles of Aldi in search of a perfect partner to that evening’s meal or a bottle to impress at a dinner party.

I must admit I’ve never suffered from being that proud about the source of my wine; after all, I have suffered the past indignation of paying good money for sub-standard vino, so picking up a drinkable gem at a bargain price goes some way to redressing the balance.

It is with this open mind that I popped into Aldi and picked up a bottle of Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva 2006. I will confess that I only chose this Rioja because the bottle looked nice; with its attractive orange label peeking out of the golden wire cage that somehow fooled me into believing it looked expensive. Luckily it lived up to its appearance and punched above its weight price-wise.

This medium to full-bodied wine has a fruity bouquet of plums with a touch of woody spice and vanilla - hinting at its time spent in oak, there is also a slight mustiness in the background that my other half described as being reminiscent of an old church!

To drink, it was initially smooth and rich, and then gave way to an impressive fruit complexity with a powdery tang of cherries that melted pleasingly on the tongue.

As someone who enjoys getting a good deal; I cannot complain about a respectable Rioja Reserva with this much character at such a low price and will certainly be heading back to Aldi stock up on this surprisingly pleasant wine.

Rating: 7/10 (info on scoring system)

Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva

Price: £5.99 (Aldi)

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