Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wine Review: Beronia Rioja Reserva 2012

December is A Very Rioja Christmas on TheWineStalker.net!

Beronia Rioja Reserva 2012

Beronia is named after the ancient Celtic tribe called the Berones that inhabited the land that is now La Rioja in the 3rd century BC. The Beronia winery, however, was established in 1973 CE by a group of Bosque businessmen and founders of a gastronomy society who visited Rioja and decided they wanted to make wine there. One of the very cool things about their bottling is the braille embossing on the back label.

This whole month is dedicated to the wines of Rioja, and three of them are from Beronia. I've done their 2014 Crianza, now I'm on their 2012 Reserva, and then their 2008 Gran Reserva. Because I will be reviewing so many wines this month, I'm going to keep the reviews short and sweet.

The 2012 Reserva is 97% Tempranillo and 3% Graciano. The grapes are hand selected from their oldest vineyards and undergo a slow fermentation in temperature controlled vats with periodic pumping over. It sees twenty months of aging in barrels of American oak staves and French oak tops, and eighteen months of bottle aging. It has an ABV of 14%.

The color of the wine is ruby red with a little purple in its highlights. On the nose there's aromas of plums, raspberries, chocolate, and cloves. It's medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and bitter, piney tannin that doesn't feel much aligned with the rest of the wine. There's flavors of currant, blackberries, plums and tea. It finishes with plums and the feeling that something is missing.

It's good but, to be honest, I'd prefer to spend $5 less for their 2014 Crianza. There's just not a lot of character and I prefer to have some character when I'm dropping $20 on a bottle of wine. That said, it won't enrage you and won't want your money back.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $20
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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