- Published: 16 November 2011 16 November 2011
There is Rioja and there is RIOJA(!) - the best evokes life correcting pleasures and the worst… (well we'll leave that aside).
This Beronia 06 reserva has everything I love about this region that has become as iconic as Flamenco guitar from the south or Gaudi's architectural manifestations in Barcelona.
The 18 months in French and American oak barrels give it a deep opening aroma of tobacco, leather and liquorice. It's a combination so autumnal that I can't stop sniffing. But be patient and leave it for a while (or like me, drink this glass and look busy for 20 minutes before returning for more). On the second round the wine has opened up with the air doing it's job, oxidising the wine, giving it curves in the form of sweetness. The fruit of cherries and dark berries start coming through. A complex of integrated flavour make the wine a really well made playmate for pleasure.
Top Tip: Drink alone - chatting is a distraction.
Beronia, Rioja 2006 Reserva
Approx. £9.99 from: Waitrose Wine & Wine direct
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