Beronia‘s widely available Rioja Crianza is now going to be even more accessible: screw-capped half-bottles are now on the market. This 2017 (the price below is for a 750ml) is a blend of 94% tempranillo, 5% garnacha, and 1% mazuelo.
The wine is approachable but fairly innocuous, offering an attack of cherry, rhubarb, and raspberry, but filtered through an earthy, tobacco-laden character. A bit balsamic on the finish, the wine is tart and lightly tannic, with a finish running gently to licorice and some clove notes. It’s a balanced wine but not overwhelming in complexity. Solid at the price.
B+ / $15 / beronia.com