Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2016
Blend: 87% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo, 2% Garnacha
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This is a blend of tempranillo (87 percent), graciano, mazuelo and garnacha grown at the Finca Ygay. Aged in American oak for 18 months, it developed a hint of mintiness over its silken black-currant and tobacco fl avors, the wine’s limestone edges carry the essence of Rioja, feeling bright and aristocratic, tense and refined.
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.