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Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
  • WS92
  • W&S90
  • RP90
13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

#61 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Intense red garnet color with ocher hints. Intense and profound in the nose with fruity aromas such as cranberry and red currant. Slight touches of sweetness and cinnamon. Smooth and elegant in the mouth with a good balance between the red fruits and spices. Long aftertaste.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
A dense, plush texture carries ripe flavors of plum, raisin, tar and tobacco in this bold red. Full tannins and bright acidity give this a youthful character. Expressive and harmonious. Drink now through 2018. 4,000 cases made.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
Juicy with red cherry, licorice and an intriguing light fruit character like nectarine, this wine is bracketed by the structure of its oak and alcohol. Its bold, sweet fruit maintains Rioja elegance, ready for grilled lamb.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Gran Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano and 4% Mazuelo aged for 24 months in American and French oak. There is a touch of volatility on the chocolate-scented bouquet that needs time to calm down in the glass. The palate is smooth and caressing on the entry with saturated tannins. It has a soft plush texture and a fine, supple chocolate-tinged finish that is persistent in the mouth. Drink now-2018.
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Bodegas Beronia

Bodegas Beronia

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Bodegas Beronia, Rioja, Spain
2004 Rioja Gran Reserva
Bodegas Beronia is found in the Rioja Alta area of the region which is situated to the west. In this area the soil is mainly calcareous clay soil and the vineyards are on average at an altitude of 600 metres. This area’s climatic infl uences are from the Atlantic however due to the Cantabria and Demanda mountain ranges it is sheltered from the worst Atlantic infl uences. It also boasts the Ebro river which creates a series of microclimates and provides much needed water for the vines. The situation of Bodegas beronia is considered to be a unique place for the creation of wines of high quality.

The grapes used at Beronia come from vineyards from within a tenmile radius of the cellars, ensuring that only the highest quality grapes enter the winery. A close relationship is maintained with the 150 vinegrowers who supply the grapes, guaranteeing that only the best quality grapes are selected and that the process is done so in the most natural way. Our technical experts frequently visit the estates to ensure that the use of fertilisers and chemicals are kept to a minimum. It is our priority to maintain healthy and high quality grapes.

Beronia, true to its tradition, produces a classic line of fi ne and well-balanced wines, crianza, reserva and gran reserva. In addition to these two white wines, a young Viura and a barrel fermented Viura. However they satisfy their innovative and avant-garde side with an interesting range of single variety wines, special production Tempranillo and Beronia Mazuelo reserva, making them the only winery in Rioja to produce a reserve wine from the Mazuelo grape.

Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region and also home to whites of equivalent quality but lesser renown. Made up of three different sub-regions of varying elevation—Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Baja—wines are typically a blend of fruit from all three, although single-zone wines are beginning to gain in popularity. Rioja Alta, at the highest elevation, is considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier Rioja Baja produce wines with deep color and high alcohol which mainly serve to add body to a blend. While fresh and fruity Riojas labeled “Joven” undergo minimal aging before release, a hallmark of more serious Rioja wines is the aroma and flavor of new oak—traditionally American, which imparts characteristics of dill, coconut, vanilla, and spice to the wine. Tighter-grained, subtler French oak, however, is becoming increasingly common. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged at least one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two, but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.

Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, providing complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body and alcohol. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés. White wines are made mostly from crisp, fresh Viura, which is usually blended with aromatic Malvasia and weighty Garnacha Blanca. White Rioja has traditionally been made in a nutty, oxidative style, though a bright, unoaked version is currently in vogue.

Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

In the Glass

Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

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