Back in January I reviewed this wine (click here for the original review
) and it was completely out of character and just not good, so it was concluded by myself and Beronia that I had received a faulty bottle. So here is the re-review!
Beronia is named after the ancient Celtic tribe called the Berones that inhabited the land that is now La Rioja in the 3rd century BC. The Beronia winery, however, was established in 1973 CE by a group of Bosque businessmen and founders of a gastronomy society who visited Rioja and decided they wanted to make wine there.
The 2015 Rioja Crianza
is 88% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, and 2% Mazuelo, so there’s some percentage differences than the 2014 vintage
that I reviewed in December of 2017. After being harvested the grapes undergo a few days of cold maceration, and then fermented at low temperature with periodic pumping. It sees twelve months of aging in barrels of American oak staves and French oak tops, then three months of bottle aging. it has a 13.5% ABV.
The color of the wine is cherry red. There’s an immediate difference on the nose than the last bottle. Instead of dankness and Fruity Pebbles there’s cracked black pepper, cherries, vanilla, and black licorice. On the palate it’s lighter bodied with high acidity, soft and chalky tannin, and loud boozy ethanol. There’s flavors of cherries, strawberries, brown spices, and earth. Then it finishes with strawberries and vanilla.
Much, much better. This is exactly what you want from a $15 Rioja. Delicious and worth the price.
QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Rating: 3.5/5 = Satisfying / Recommended (what does that mean?)
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