LCBO Sale Pick of the Week: Jan. 16

Beronia 2008 Reserva Rioja (Rioja, Spain)

Sale $16.95, Regular $18.95
Discount (until February 2): $2.00
LCBO - Vintages #50203 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Ripe red fruit, sweet oak, dried herbs, smoke and dust
Pairs with: French onion soup, roast chicken, steak/beef/horse
Good for: Late night TV or Netflix 
Drink this: Now through 2016
Alcohol: 14%

Why we're drinking this
Because it came as a gift—and we’ve bought several more since. This is modern Rioja—one of the most celebrated regions of Spain—made by Gonzalez Byass, a top sherry producer with the Tio Pepe label. The Beronia is good stuff at a great price. If you’ve never had Rioja, start here.

Tasting note
The “reserva” designation indicates a minimum of three years ageing before release. In practice, most Rioja reservas are aged longer. So this 2008 is a maturing wine that retains considerable freshness of lovely, ripe fruit. Yes, you can taste the oak—sweet, smoky, vanilla—and feel the somewhat chunky tannins. This gives structure and mouth-filling texture. It’s a full-bodied food wine to be sure, but a great sipper, too, for lovers of formidable character.

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This week's selection by wine writer and Editor - Dick Snyder

Beronia Reserva 2008 | kwäf LCBO Pick Jan 16