2015 Bodegas Beronia Reserva Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain

2015 Bodegas Beronia Reserva Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain

$19.95

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Don’t let the low price frighten you away or make you a skeptic!  This amazing value just simply over delivers.  For some, you’ll want to let it age out some more to take on it’s more traditional notes, but for others it is delicious now…..we drank a bottle last night with red and yellow peppers stuffed with an amazing recipe Renée created from quinoa, goat cheese, kalamata olives, capers, and pesto.  Perfection.  I could go on about the tasting notes, except it would be pretty repetitious as Wine Spectator’s notes below are very accurate to my palate.  95% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano, 1% Mazuelo.

“This round, juicy red is fresh and lively. Black cherry, tangy plum, leafy, toast and vanilla flavors mingle over moderate tannins and orange peel acidity. Bright and accessible, but has the structure to age. Drink now through 2030. 50,000 cases made, 3,500 cases imported.” 93 points — TM (Wine Spectator, October 15, 2020)

More background –

The Rioja region is subdivided into three areas; Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja, and Rioja Alavesa.  Beronia is located in Ollauri at the heart of Rioja Alta, with the highest elevation of the three areas.  The regions are influenced by both the Atlantic and Mediterranean and has a mix of clay and chalky soils.

Beronia wines are defined by the region and the soils, as its name is linked to the history of the “berones”, a Celtic tribe who inhabited this part of Rioja in the 3rd century BC and called it “Beronia”

Bodegas Beronia was founded in 1973 by a group of friends from the Basque country in the north who wanted the best wine to accompany their gastronomic gatherings (called “Txoko” in native Basque).  In 1982 the winery was acquired by the famous sherry producer Gonzalez Byass.  Some of the original founders still visit the winery to celebrate and dine as they have done for decades.  The Bodegas is surrounded by 20 hectares of estate vineyards.  The technical team at Beronia also controls 879 vineyards within a 10km radius (about 6 miles) of the winery. which allows complete control over quality.  Sustainable viticulture is practiced at every level, and certain vineyards are certified organic.

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