What is Tempranillo? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety
Revelling in Rioja: Grape Varieties, Sub Regions and the Wines of Rioja, Spain
"Inviting aromas of tobacco, cedar, vanilla and rooty blackberry are a high point on this slightly hollow Rioja reserva. Plum, blackberry and citric flavors are short and tart, while the finish is light in step, with juicy acidity. This is solid for a 2008, a notoriously difficult vintage. Drink through 2024."
Bodegas Beronia takes its name from the 3rd Century BC, when the area known as Rioja today was inhabited by a celtic tribe called the ‘Berones.’ They inhabited the towns of Tricio, Varea and Leiva, marking the limits of the Berones region, today known as La Rioja.
Beronia was founded in 1973 by a group of businessmen - friends from the Basque country who would come to La Rioja on holiday. They decided to produce their own wines and opened a winery specialising in Reserva and Gran Reserva style wines. The winery was integrated into the González Byass Family of Wine group in 1982 and began an expansion into international markets.
The region of Rioja takes its name from the river Ojo (rio Oja) and is situated in the valley of Ebro, limited to the north by the Cantabria mountain range and to the south by the Demanda range, creating a unique enclave for the production of high quality wines. The Rioja DOCa is the most well known in Spain and is divided into three sub-regions; the Rioja Alavesa which is influenced by an Atlantic climate, the Rioja Alta which has a mainly Atlantic climate and the Rioja Baja which is drier and warmer due to the Mediterranean influence. These sub-regions provide different growing areas for not only different grape varieties, but also styles of wines produced.
The 198 Barricas is a wine that is only produced in the best years and is fruit of an exhaustive selection of the best Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes. Once the wine is blended, it is aged in a selection of the best 198 new mixed barrels with American staves and French tops for 24 months.
This is one of the estate’s best wines and is drinking beautifully now. The 2008 vintage, at almost a decade old now, has classic aromas of strawberry, vanilla and tobacco mixed with chocolate, nuts and dried fruits. On the palate it is balanced and elegant with mature fruit and reminders of chocolate and spices. The wine has an overall good structure and silky smooth finish that makes this an outstanding treat for you to enjoy.
The winery recommends pairing this with red meats such as T-bone steak and mature goats cheese. They also recommended drinking this now until 2020 if kept in optimum conditions.
About the Producer
Ollauri, La Rioja, Spain