Review: Beronia 2015 Rioja Crianza and 2013 Rioja Reserva
Beronia focuses on affordable Rioja. We last reviewed these wines in 2016.
2015 Beronia Rioja Crianza – For 2015, Beronia’s Rioja Crianza blend is 91% tempranillo, 8% garnacha, and 1% mazuelo, a fairly classic blend for this style. Boldly fruit-forward with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry, it’s a tutti-frutti wine that folds in hints of cinnamon, chocolate, and cloves, all helping it to drink well above its fighting weight (which is well below 20 bucks a bottle). Though it lacks austerity, it still pairs well with a hearty winter meal. A- / $14
2013 Beronia Rioja Reserva – 95% tempranillo, 4% graciano, and 1% mazuelo. Intense and dusty, this boldly earthy wine feels unfinished, with an almost grating acidity at times that’s at odds with all the tannin. Big, dried blueberry and blackberry notes otherwise dominate the wine, with a finish offering notes of tobacco leaf. B / $20