Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2008

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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Item No. 129833
  • red wine
  • D95
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 Muriel Reserva is a ruby red color. It has good intensity and balanced vanilla notes from oak maturation. The palate boasts mature red fruits along with hints of liquorice and spice. The palate is round, velvety and elegant, with a very long, satisfying finish.

Pair with all types of grilled and roasted meats. It also matches well with strong fish and all kind of cured cheeses. Tasty with chocolate desserts and puddings.

Critical Acclaim

"Menthol and eucalyptus on the nose. More classic aromas come through with aeration. Savoury, traditional style with toasted nuts and coffee, delicate coconut and ripe, baked plum fruit. A great, classic Rioja. Complex and intriguing.

Rating: 95+ Points"
95 Points

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Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(8/15/2014)
Such a warm and inviting nose on this one. The best Rioja at this price point that I've tasted so far this year. Rich, grippy tannins and nice long finish. A very good value. I'd buy again.
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Rating:
(8/12/2014)
Style: Earth & Spicy
Pair with: Your most Machismo friends
This is one of three Rioja Tempranillos I tried over the last week. It is the least expensive and also the best. The nose still has actual grape and wine aromas (less time in wood, less oxidation than Gran Reservas): I found cassis, plums, cherries along with a strong hint of leather, oak and a bit too much alcohol or volatile acid. The flavors are bracing with plenty of acid and tannin. It wants several years in the bottle and could hold indefinitely. I'm not a big fan of this tart, astringent wine but if you are then this one is fairly priced and soundly made.
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Learn About Bodegas Muriel

Bodegas Muriel was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua revived his father's (Jose Murua) winery, which dates back to 1926 in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa (one of the three sub-regions that make up Spain's Rioja appellation). The cellars are in the quaint, historic village of Elciego, which is renowned for being surrounded by some of the best terrior in Rioja. The name Muriel...

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Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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