2006 Beronia Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1256588 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Beronia has blended modern and traditional touches to create a fine gran reserva with spice, vanilla, coconut, tobacco and dried berry aromas. The palate offers ripe tannins and kick, while the flavor profile is earthy, with mocha, coffee, chocolate and dried berry flavors. A long, lightly toasted and chocolaty finish provides a fitting end to an excellent wine. Best from 2015–2022.  (10/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This harmonious red is dense and lively, with plum, licorice, smoke and mineral flavors supported by moderate tannins and fresh acidity. Not assertive, but showing drive through the floral finish.  (9/2013)

90 points Vinous

 Ruby-red. Ripe cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by nuances of woodsmoke, pipe tobacco and vanilla, with a hint of peppery spices adding lift. Sweet and velvety on the palate, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors and suggestions of vanilla bean and mocha. This round, seamless Rioja finishes with very good cling, fully integrated tannins and lingering smoke and spice notes. (JR)  (11/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Fully mature, this has the sweetness of age, along with scents of fennel and spice. Its complexity runs on volatile acidity, adding a leathery note and aromatic lift to the flavors. Juicy and firm, this is ready to drink with roast lamb.  (12/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Gran Reserva shows the effect of a ripe vintage, with notes of prunes and dark plums and as a result of the long aging in oak there are balsamic notes of incense and old furniture. The palate reveals plenty of tannins with the fruit in the background. (LG)  (12/2013)

K&L Notes

Based in the village of Ollauri, Beronia has been quietly making reliably tasty Riojas since 1973. A blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo, their Gran Reserva shows rich and savory aromas—think cherries in liqueur and leathery notes as well. The palate tells a similar story, with bright, spicy black cherry flavors taking the lead in this lovely expression of a warmer Rioja vintage. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
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Spain

- 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.
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Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14