One of many impressive estates in Rioja is Bodega Beronia. Settled in the picturesque countryside in Rioja, Beronia makes some incredibly good wines for the price. Their Reserva (higher end, longer aged) and Crianza (lower priced, aged less) are widely distributed in the Northwest, as you can find them at many supermarkets such as QFC or Met Market. Their finest wine, the Gran Reserva, can be found at Total Wines.
Beronia is named after a warrior tribe that lived in the Rioja region around 3rd century B.C. In 1973 a group of business owners and friends founded Bodega Beronia as a tribute to those who had lived on the land centuries before. All of the wines produced there are comprised of Tempranillo, as well as indigenous varietals such as Graciano, Manzuelo and a white varietal called Viura. Their Gran Reserva, a wine that is aged for five or more years, is an incredible effort and is also relatively affordable at roughly 25 bucks at Total Wines. What is so impressive about this wine is what they did in a subpar year. The 2006 vintage was a tough one in Rioja, one that had a good deal of rain at harvest. What Beronia has produced is basically outstanding crack and pour wine that you can enjoy now and won’t need any cellaring,as they hold their wines for many years before releasing. Wine Spectator was particularly impressed with the 2004, release, giving that effort 92 points. I’ve had other vintages of the Gran Reserva, but this one is just as good as the ones produced in the better vintages of 2004 and 2005. If you’re looking for something more in the 10 dollar price point, their 2009 Crianza is also an excellent effort.
Here is my review of the Bodega Beronia Gran Reserva:
2006 Beronia Gran Reserva- This is basically a crack and pour wine. After two hours the nose is even more perfumed and has heavy oak with vanilla, mushroom and stewed plum with blackberry. Palate has red cherry, orange peel, raspberry and coffee. Exceptional. Great acidity, minerality and fruit. -93