I tried the Beronia Crianza Rioja 2008
sometime ago but having recently met González Byass’ chairman Mauricio González-Gordón
and the family-owned business' Master Blender Antonio Flores Pedregosa
at the 2012 London International Wine Fair, I felt compelled to revisit it.
There is something inherently compelling about the González Byass winemaking dynasty and in particular the notion of legacy and heritage that is imbued within the company.
In many respects the family ethos that runs throughout the company, including the winemakers, is their quality control because as González-Gordón
told CellarVie Wines
, “no one wants to see their surname on the label of a product that they don’t feel proud of.”
The Beronia Crianza Rioja 2008
is not only a perfect example of Gonzalez Byass’ consistent quality but it is also an archetypal Riojan wine.
It’s a Tempranillo-Garnacha-Mazuelo blend and although that didn’t mean an awful lot to me when I first tried it, it’s a wine with great character and wonderful balance. It’s quite a heavy wine and seeing as the sun has finally made an appearance this year; it might be a bit too much in this surprisingly searing heat. But given the fleeting nature of our British summers there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy this wine and I can’t recommend it enough.