This is a good chance to sample the traditional flavours and subtleness on which Rioja has built its name, at a fraction of the price that you would pay for similar quality.
Baron de Ley is the winery behind Tesco's Finest Viña Mara with some of the most delicious riojas in the market. Tesco gives it a generous 4.5 stars out of 5, which is not surprising as the wine is excellent.
Appearance: attractive red ruby colour
Intensity: medium to high
Flavours: strawberry, coconut, spices and toffee, rounded up with silky vanilla ( as a result of spending 20 months in oak)
Best enjoyed: by itself or with red meats, lamb or steak
Not easy to get hold of online, here is what i found:
The best offer is either buying directly at Waitrose or online via Ocado. Reduced from £12.49 down to £8.29 till the 21st May.
As I write this Waitrose has gone "out of stock", still available on Ocado (limited to 20 bottles) at £8.29
You can order from Vinissimus at £8.63 per bottle
Tesco Finest Viña Mara Rioja, Reserva2008 at £9.99 per bottle