A Red Rioja is Very Good with Baked Lamb Chops

For a midweek meal we tried the Lamb Chop Bake recipe from the All Recipes UK website.

Lamb chops are sprinkled with rosemary and seasonings and baked with potato wedges, carrots and courgettes. We added some aubergines too. A stock made from a lamb stock cube and tomato purée is poured over. A yummy recipe.

Riojas are usually reliably good with lamb chops. (See here for a great pairing).  We opened a bottle of Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2009, a medium-bodied Spanish red from the Co-op.

We detected black fruits on the nose, followed by vanilla oak sweetness on the palate, with creamy black cherries and tobacco hints on the finish.  The wine was a very good match with the baked lamb chops. 


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