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  • On top restaurant wine lists like Rockpool Bar & Grill and Aria
  • Buy in lots of 6 to receive the wine in original wooden boxes
  • 93 points, "Full Rioja experience here. Kind of showy, but very good." Gary Walsh

Tasting Notes

Colour Dark Red
Nose Full and densely packed nose of powerful and ripe black fruits, with refined earthy, tobacco subtleties, and new oak shine, lifted with nutty, spicy elements
Palate Good intensity, smooth, complex and beguiling. Well balanced with smooth French oak maturation. The palate boasts mature red fruits along with hints of liquorice and spice. Round, velvety and elegant, with a very long, satisfying finish.
Food Pairing Most grilled & roasted meats. It also matches well with strong fish and all kind of cured cheeses. Also very tasty with chocolate desserts.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes In order to be classified a ‘reserva’ in Rioja, the wine has to be aged three years before release, with at least one of the those years spent in an oak barrel, in this case the 2008 spent 2 years in bottle before release.
Variety Tempranillo
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French & American
Vintage 2008
Region Rioja
Country Spain
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Vina Muriel
The Murua family has a history of dealing in wine back to 1926, not very long in Rioja and Spanish terms, and it was only in 1986 that his father established the existing bodega. Purchasing vineyards, the estate covers around 100 ha of vines, but has strong contract grower relationships forged all the while the family dealt in wine. Nowadays, the family owns three other wineries besides Bodegas Muriel, the one making the prestigious Marques de Elciego single estate wines, the newly acquired Bodegas Eguia Rioja label and the Real Compania de Vinos brand for fruit-driven value varietals.

The key to the quality at Bodegas Muriel is using the flexibility and advantages of blending and the system of aging to produce the different categories and styles of Rioja. At any one time, a Rioja producer has a full range of wines for all sectors of the market, from Joven wine for immediate and uncomplicated drinking through to Gran Reserva wines of proper maturity, finesse and complexity. It is the management of each harvest and allocation of wine for each style that allows this broad range and the maintenance of quality, especially at the upper levels. Thus the Murua family's traditional Riojas are everything they should be to compete with their peers. However, the family have very individual estate wines, and modern interpretations at the prestige end as well as the budget end to find niches in the international scene.
Rioja is located in the south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the Ebro river in the north of Spain. The region also has a river called Rio Oja, which is where the region likely gained its name. There are three main regions in Rioja, with each of them producing quite unique expressions of Rioja wines.

To the west is Rioja Alta, in the higher elevated area. This sub-region is renowned for its old-world wines that are often lighter on the palate due to the higher altitude. The wines coming out of Rioja Alavesa on the other hand are fuller bodies, with higher acid levels than those from Rioja Alta. The third area, Rioja Baja is the warmest and driest of all, and can in summer months can be exposed to very high temperatures drought so irrigation is now permitted in the region.

The reds (tinto) wines of Rioja are generally blends of Tempranillo and Garnacha with lesser amounts of Graciano and Mazuelo. Amongst the white (bianco) varieties, Viura is the most common though normally blended with Malvasia or Garnacha Blanc. Plenty of interesting Rosé wines are produced, most commonly from the Garnacha variety. Note that wineries in Spain are commonly referred to as bodegas.
Gary Walsh
Dark cherry, spice and cola, sage and dried herbs, with the vanilla, toast and coconut wood sitting proud, but comfortably. Medium bodied, smooth and velvety with deep seated dark cherry fruit, spice and toast, well bedded acidity and a slick of toasted vanilla oak and grainy tannin on the finish. Fair amount of weight and extract in this wine, which should see it evolve and improve over then next few years. Full Rioja experience here. Kind of showy, but very good.


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