Original Rioja wines


Rioja is a region where you can easily find good wines, big, small and familiar wineries. The more you know the wines in it, the more difficult is to find something out of the common thing and some references that really surprises you. We are lucky girls. When we less expect it, some unknown winery surprises you.

Some months ago, Bodegas Berarte, from Rioja Alavesa, (D.O. Ca. Rioja) with 14  hectares of owned vineyards, controlled and with moderate production yields. Located between the mountain range “Sierra de Cantabria”  and the river “Ebro”; the vineyards are spread around the sub-regions of Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. Last year, the third generation fo the family got the control of the winery. It wa really interesting to taste their wines and certified their quality.

What’s the difference?

Each winery has their own special touch: more fruity, more bodied, more wood, more classic or more modern…

Since Gonzalo and his two sisters got the control of the winery, one of them, Inmaculada, elaborates the wines. That women’s touch that we love so much is what makes this winery different. It is not an expression, it is a fact what we can confirmed by both of us that you get impressed from the first sip. The young wine, 2012, despite its youth is amazingly round, light, fruity and potent. Deliciouslly pairing with goats cheese and stewed chicken. Very elegant in the mouth. Crianza and Reserva will make you fly to the stars. Crianza is for those wonderful family-friend barbacues of the summer. Reserva to make those special moments we all love to have every once in a while.

The good thing about this wines that you know from the beginning that they won’t let you down. In the nose and mouth they always are tasty, well-balanced, elegant and fine.

Berarte Wine with classic "filetes rusos" (Russian fillets)
Berarte Wine with classic “filetes rusos” (Russian fillets)

Recomendation: if you have a barbacue, party o friend meeting, take some bottles of this classic Rioja but original and different. They will surprised and you will all love them.

Tasting notes

 

Berarte 2012
Berarte 2012

Berarte 2012.

D.O. Ca. Rioja

100% Tempranillo

Vol. alcohol: 13,5%

Price: 5-7€ (aprox.)

Color: dark- cherry with fichsia borders,

In the nose attacks with red fruit notes, field, herbaceous. Simple but wonderful nose.

In the mouth is creamy, fresh, not too much acidity, alcohol is hardly perceptible, very polished tannin, light and potent. Fruity with a little touch of wood that’s make it a fine wine. << Tastest more like a Syrah than a Tempranillo>>

Best pairing with: goats cheese and stewed chicken.

Berarte Crianza 2009.

Crianza 2009
Crianza 2009

D.O. Ca. Rioja

100% Tempranillo

Vol. alcohol: 13,5%

Price: 7-12€

Colour: red ruby with brick-red borders with light touch of fuchsia

In the nose attack with blackberries, fine touch of vanilla, chocolate, spicy touch as pipper and fines herbs. Complet and delicious nose.

In the mouth is light, creamy, tasty, fresh, lightly acidity, very web-balanced, a bit salty, with a touch of chocolate (again).Long, toasted, fine and refreshing aftertaste. Fruity in the mid-sip.

Best pairing with: read meats

Berarte Reserva 2008

D.O. Ca. Rioja

100% Tempranillo

Vol. alcohol: 13,5%

Price: 6-12€

Colour: red ruby with brick-red border.

In the nose attacks with spicy touch and very polished oak. Salty, field, leather and light touch of red fruits. Fine and elegant in the nose.

In the mouth is creamy, fresh, well-balanced, silky, with a touch of delicious and very polished vanilla, fruity. Very light. A bit of acidity with a polished tannin, tasty. Nuts aftertaste. Fine and elegant.

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Have you ever tasted these wines? What do you think? Thank for leavinb me your comment..

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