Beronia Reserva 2006
18 months in mixed American and French oak barrels
International Wine & Spirits Competition 2011, Silver. Decanter 2011, Bronze. San Francisco International Competition 2011, Bronze. 2010 Top 100 Wine Spectator, 51 points (2005 vintage). Ultimate Wine Challenge 2011,94 points.
The San Francisco Wine Exchange
The character of traditional Rioja depicts many more flavors from the cellaring than from the fruit: sawdusty and vanillin American oak barrels, damp earth, soft forest floor, and white mushrooms dominate over the ripe and underripe red cherries and plums that are most often the baseline fruit notes. Beronia’s 2006 is all that, but with American oak dialed back and snappy, juicy red fruits pushed forward. Drink soon or over the next several years.
The wine's distinctive Beronia Classic style balances the qualities of excellent fruit with careful barrel maturation. It is perfect with game and meat.
About the Winery
Bodegas Beronia is quintessentially Rioja. Its wines are defined by the region and the soils in which the vines are grown, and its name is linked to the history of the area. During the third Century BC the region, the area known as La Rioja Alta today was inhabited by the "berones," a Celtic tribe who called the area “Beronia.” The winery was founded in 1973 by a group of local businessmen whose great love of food and wine attracted them to the idea of producing their own Rioja and developing a winery dedicated exclusively to making Reservas and Gran Reservas in the purest most traditional Rioja style. In 1982, the Gonzalez family, looking to buy in the region, recognised the potential of the Beronia estate and began their long-term commitment to the winery and to Rioja. It is currently one of the top-ten Rioja wineries in the Spanish market. Beronia retains the values inherent in its tradition and the millennia-old history of the Rioja region. Thanks to the support of Gonzalez Byass, however, it has also been able to incorporate a strong commitment to innovation and protection of the environment. This dual focus on tradition and innovation is reflected in the creation of two distinct wine ranges: a prestigious classic range and a delightful single-varietal range, which highlights the uniquemess of those varieties native to the region.