Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of Premium Rioja (see blue link below).
Beronia Gran Reserva 2008 - March 2017 Decanter review
The 2008 harvest was classified by the Rioja Regulatory Council as 'Very Good' as it showed extremely high quality which allowed for the production of exceptional wines (including this one!).
For the production of this Gran Reserva, the best grapes from the oldest vineyards were hand-harvested. Following the harvest, the best bunches were selected in the winery. The grapes then underwent a slow and controlled alcoholic fermentation with periodic pumping over to extract colour and aromas. Following this, the wine remained in French oak barrels for 26 months.
Beronia Gran Reserva 2008 shows a powerful and deep maroon colour. On the nose, it is intense and complex with dried fruits (such as dates) standing out over a base of chocolate and sweet spice from the French oak. On the palate this wine is silky and meaty with pleasant tannins, giving structure and complexity. This wine shows great personality with body, elegance and intense flavours.
This Gran Reserva is best when decanted before serving due to the long time it has spent ageing in the bottle. It is ideal when served with red meats, game, mature cheeses and also with chocolate desserts. Drink it now or you can keep this wine until 2024 before opening it.