A mastery of oak imparted flavors, we check out the latest vintage of the Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva.
93% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano and 1% Mazuelo from Rioja, Spain. The wine spends 18 months in French and American oak barrels and another 18 months in bottle prior to release. It has just 1.9 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The Beronia Rioja Reserva has an SRP of $25 and is available for as low as $16. Imported by Gonzalez Byass.
Born among friends, to be shared among friends.
Aged in our signature oak barrels, and in bottle, for a minimum of 3 years.
Intense flavours of black fruits, liquorice, chocolate and clove with a touch of minerality. Best served with friends.
Today's wine from Rioja is indicative of a lot of wines in this region in the prominent use of oak aging. To be sure, oak aging is used all over the world but winemakers in Spain and France are the masters of it.
The use of oak imparts a number of different flavors to wine, as the wine pulls flavors out of the wood as it ages. The type of oak also makes a difference, the two main styles being French or American. (It's actually not so much where the oak is from, but how the oak is prepared that determines whether it is considered French or American; in fact, American oak can be imported into France and deemed "French" if the barrels are crafted in the French method.) The bottom line is that French oak imparts much more of the flavors from the wood and sap than American. Those flavors include things like chocolate, caramel, and vanilla among others. And today's wine is, quite simply, a vanilla monster.
After recently tasting a number of lackluster wines, the 2017 Beronia Rioja Reserva was a breath of fresh air. The wine begins with aromas of dark fruit and lots of vanilla -- it may sound simple but, in fact, it's such a beautiful marriage of these two things that this is far from the case. Add in a little chocolate, baking spice and lots of other touches and you may have trouble getting your nose out of the glass.
Tasting reveals a smooth wine full of flavors like blackberry, oak, vanilla, and licorice. While still a bit oaky, it works quite well and also has some good aging potential. The wine ends with more vanilla, dark fruit, sweet spice and lingering chocolate notes on the long, dry finish.
You might also want to check out our review of the Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva here.
See a listing of local retailers selling the Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva here.
2017 Beronia Rioja Reserva
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