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Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2015

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Tasting Notes

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 liquorice, 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.

Winemaker Notes

Selected grapes from Rioja, Alavesa and Alta vineyards (In and around Elciego). Soils are a very poor, chalky type with a clayish-sandy texture. The vines have a medium age between 35-40 years and are grown using the traditional “gobelet” system. Twenty days of fermentation and maceration in stainless steel, temperature-controlled vats with daily pump-overs in order to achieve the optimum color and tannic extraction. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is racked twice before going into oak barrels. The wine is aged in half American and half French oak barrels (30% new) for 24 months. There is further bottle aging for one year prior to release.

Pairings

Ideal for all types of grilled and roasted meats (especially pork and beef). It also matches well with strong fish and all kind of cured cheeses. Tasty with chocolate desserts and puddings.

Other Notes

When choosing to buy a Rioja wine, the four classifications of each Rioja will be clearly labeled on the bottle. For Reserva, This is only made during the years that were considered to be exceptional grapes harvested. A Reserva must be aged a minimum of 3 years, with at least one year being in oak and the rest in the bottle.

Ratings

2015: 93 Pts - James Suckling, July 2019
2015: 93 Pts - Wine Spectator, Jan 2020
2014: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, Nov 2019
2013: 90 Pts - Vinous, Apr 2015
2011: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Dec 2016
2011: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 2016
2011: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, May 2016
2009: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, April 2015
2008: 95 Pts - Top 100 ‘Outstanding’ - Decanter Magazine, Sept 2013
2007: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 15, 2011
2007: 89 Pts - Wine Spectator, Dec. 31, 2011
2005: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #195, Jun 2011
2004: 89 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2011
2004: 87 Pts - Best Buy Wine & Spirits, Dec, 2010

Wine Profile

Vintage 2015
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Tempranillo
Appellation Rioja
Acid .50 G/L
PH 3.65
Residual Sugar .80 G/L
Alcohol % 13%
Size 750 ml