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.
"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"
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.
Earth & Spicy
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.