Under the umbrella of Bodegas González Byass, Bodegas Beronia operates sustainably in La Rioja as well as Rueda. The 2013 Beronia Rioja Reserva was made from 95% Tempranillo grapes, 4% Graciano and a 1% dash of Mazuelo. The wine was aged for three years, in French and American oak barrels and in the bottle. Alcohol is pretty reasonable for Rioja, at 14% abv and it sells for about $20, not bad for a wine of this quality.
The Beronia Rioja Reserva is a dark garnet in the glass, with a nose of black cherries and plums, abetted by leather, vanilla and a nice oak spice. The palate is rustic and savory, its age showing already. Black fruit tangles with tobacco and earth notes. There’s a good tannic structure and a lengthy, savory finish. Pair it with pork, sausages and Manchego cheese.
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