Berberana 2009 Crianza

Rioja DOCa, Spain; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 20 Sept

Berberana_2009_CrianzaGood from first pour, tangy red cherry fruit, slightly syrupy and tart, earthy.  Over 1.5 – 2 hours, darkens to include more purplish cherry / almost plum, a little tangy black raspberry, perhaps a little orange, supported by wood.  Drinkable and very near the end of its life.  Drink immediately.

The saved single-glass, screwcap bottle is initially no longer syrupy, a little more tart, with the wood more spicy.  After a while in the glass, the fruit sweetens and becomes a little more viscous again, becoming again fairly good.  It still tastes like it should be drunk soon, but it’s also still tasty enough.


3 thoughts on “Berberana 2009 Crianza

  1. lim13

    While this wine just doesn’t sound interesting enough for me, it has now arrived at the Silverdale store ($5.99) along with this producer’s Tempranillo ($4.99).

  2. Expat

    Completely agree with your review. On opening I got a dry start, a sweetness mid-palate then it kind of disappeared. Perfectly serviceable,pleasant and was good with a sausage and broccoli pasta. Not a classic Spanish wine – somewhere between Old and New World. A good weeknight quaffer at a low price.

    1. delmartian1

      Also tried this one and, as a coincidence, also with grilled sausage with peppers and onions. Will be going back for a few more.


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