Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2014
This wine is a ruby red color, with good intensity. The fruit in the nose and palate are very clean and mature (red fruits dominate) along with hints of licorice, on a background of spice and vanilla notes from the wood aging. The palate is round, elegant and velvety, showing finesse and a very long, satisfying finish.
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The kind of wine that has made Rioja's name all over the globe and continues to excite its many fans, this a fresh, modern meets traditional style that combines Tempranillo with 6% Graciano and has fine, elegant tannins, subtle wood and floral top notes. 2020-24
Aromas of baked berry fruits, cassis, maple, vanilla and tobacco are encouraging. In the mouth, this is smacking and wide, with rubbing tannins. Bold berry, plum and black currant flavors show prune and herbal notes on the finish. Quintessential Wines.
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" comes from the combination of the family name (Murua) and the name of the town itself (Elciego). Today, Julian and his son Javier run the winery with the mission to meld the long-held winemaking traditions of the region with new technologies and techniques in order to make wines that express the "best qualities" of the grapes coming from these fertile Riojan vineyards.
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.