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September 10, 2018

Top scores from James Suckling

This summer James Suckling visited our Rioja winery Bodegas Beronia to taste wines from Gonzalez Byass’ Spanish Portfolio.

Highlights from the tasting results include Gonzalez Byass Sherries scoring highest in its category and 33 of our wines being awarded above 90 points. Find out more below.


Gonzalez Byass Sherry, Jerez

Tio Pepe Fino
90 points “Where are the olives?”

Gonzalez Byass Viña AB 12 year old Amontillado Seco
94 points “A stunning combination of concentration and crispiness on the palate.”

Gonzalez Byass Leonor 12 year old Palo Cortado
93 points “A very elegant example of this rare type of sherry.”

Gonzalez Byass Alfonso Oloroso Seco
90 points “A very sold Oloroso with nice toasted-nut, dried apricot and caramel aromas.”

Tio Pepe Fino En Rama
92 points “Sit back and explore the many subtle nuances of this unusual Fino sherry.”

Tio Pepe Una Palma Fino
94 points “Concentrated and complex with great freshness and a delicately salty finish.”

Tio Pepe Dos Palmas Fino
95 points “Sit back and enjoy the Fino show!”

Tio Pepe Tres Palmas Fino
96 points “The murder-mystery in a glass that’s all about the death of yeast and how the wine inherits a fortune as a result.”

Tio Pepe Cuatro Palmas Amontillado
98 points “A finish that literally takes your breath away.”

Gonzalez Byass Alfonso Oloroso Seco 1/6
94 points “Very complex, super nutty Oloroso with power from 40 years of barrel aging, but also great finesse.”

Gonzalez Byass Finest Dry Palo Cortado Vintage Sherry 1987
95 points “A very rare vintage wine for the Jerez region.”



Beronia Verdejo Rueda 2017
92 points “I never tasted anything quite like this.”

Beronia Graciano Rioja 2015
91 points “A great introduction to this grape, which plays a small part in many Rioja reds.”

Beronia Tempranillo Rioja Elaboración Especial 2016
91 points “Meaty palate with a solid base of supple tannins and good length.”

Beronia Rioja III A.C 2015
93 points “Sweet blackberries with hints of smoke, cocoa powder and balsamic vinegar.”


Finca Constancia

Finca Constancia Verdejo Parcela 52 2017
91 points “Another very good verdejo”

Finca Constancia Tempraillo Parcela 23 2017
90 points “The crushed- blackberry aroma leaps out of the glass at you.

Finca Constancia Tempranillo Entre Lunas 2016
91 points “Ripe and fleshy”

Finca Constancia Altos de La Finca 2015
93 points “A big, powerful wine with tons of soft tannins and plenty of fleshy fruit wrapped around them.”


Pazos de Lusco

Lusco Albariño Rías Baxias 2017
90 points “A very distinctive Rias Baixas white”

Lusco Albariño Rías Baxias Pazo Piñeiro 2016
91 points “Firm and rather powerful palate”



Vilarnau Cava Brut Reserva NV
90 points “Lots of fresh apple aroma with hints of pear and lemon.”

Vilarnau Cava Brut Nature Reserva 2014
92 points “Bone-dry sparkler”

Vilarnau Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2012
93 points “A really sophisticated, mature sparkling wine”

Vilarnau Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cava Albert de Vilarnau
94 points “Serious concentration, but still a light touch, the finish very long and clean.”


Viñas del Vero Somontano

Viñas del Vero Garnacha Blanca Secastilla 2016
90 points “A very striking dry white”

Viñas del Vero Gewürztraminer 2017
90 points “An elegant, youthful gewürztraminer”

Viñas del Vero Garnacha La Miranda Secastilla 2016
93 points “Powerful, but bright with great mineral freshness and really fresh tannins, too.”

Viñas del Vero Garnacha Secastilla 2013
93 points “Stunning tannin structure and concentration.”


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