Fully mature 1982 Bodegas Beronia, Rioja Reserva
Bodegas Beronia was founded in 1973. My particular bottle of 1982 Bodegas Beronia, Rioja Reserva was vintaged the same year González Byass bought the winery. The estate is famous for their barrels made from American oak staves and French oak heads. The fruit for this wine was sourced entirely from Rioja Alta, a higher altitude region that produces brighter and lighter wines. The nose on this wine reflects its age with mature notes that remains aromatic for hours. In the mouth you get a sense or origin for this is a fully mature, bright wine with texture from the remaining structure. I recommend drinking it now but it should hold its current state for years to come. Given the release price for the current vintage, this vintage only costs an extra $1 per year of age. It is available at The Rare Wine Co.
1982 Bodegas Beronia, Rioja Reserva – $50
Imported by The Rare Wine Co. Alcohol 12.5%. It is a clear, light garnet color. There are good aromas of modestly sweet fruit, vanilla, and a sweaty note. In the mouth this is fully mature with a very fine texture from the structure. It is a gentle wine with moderate body, watering acidity, and a generally bright and slightly tart profile. It remains aromatic. *** Now but will last.