2006 Beronia Tempranillo Rioja

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Apparently, the adage "boys will be boys" applies to the Spanish equivalent of good 'ol boys, just as it does to their fun-loving American counterparts. Allow to me explain. Four city dwellers from Madrid enjoyed the occasional hunting trip out in the country. Over a few bottles of wine, they discussed the possibility of making their own, if for no other reason than the fact that they might be able to save on booze. They decided to form Bodegas Beronia, and from there, the men went on to make some really tasty wine. This is their 2006 Tempranillo. It's a more traditional style of Tempranillo, with its mouthwatering acidity and subtle American oak barrel spice. However, the intense, juicy, plump, black cherry fruit and explosion of flavor in the mid palate speaks a bit to the modern interpretation of Rioja as well. Either way, this would make for an ideal accompaniment to any of your favorite grilled summer foods. It's a tremendous value for everyday drinking Rioja, easily the best I've seen in quite some time. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium red. Vibrant nose combines strawberry, cherry, smoky minerals and dried rose, with a hint of tobacco. Racy and gently sweet, with silky texture and lively red berry flavors that are unencumbered by tannins. Finishes with clean redcurrant and dried cherry character. This dry, zesty, almost weightless wine is very easy to drink." (Sept/Oct '09)

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Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2010 | Send Email
A really great value in Rioja. Classic but modern it has the plump ripe fruit of what we would call a "new world" wine but retains it's old school flair with some wonderful smoky minerals and spice. Have with everything!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2009 | Send Email
This is a terrific everyday Rioja, with its dark fruits, medium body and touch of earthiness. This is a wine that you'll want to buy more than a couple bottles of, it is so food friendly that you'll end up reaching for it a couple times a week if you are not careful.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2009 | Send Email
Big, intense aromas of ripe red fruit and new oak play into a juicier, lighter body than one would expect from a standard Rioja. The American oak really stands out and the wine is a bit short on the finish, but it doesn't matter because you'll be constantly refilling your mouth with it. Opening this wine is like opening a can of Pringles.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.