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Bodegas Muriel Crianza 2017


A bright cherry color. Ripe red fruit aromas combined with fruit from the aging (vanilla, cocoa, coffee) and liquorice. Broad and notably fresh. Its soft tannins leave a nice sensation of elegance.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The 2017 vintage was characterized by the aggressive late frost that affected the entire European vineyard in April. In our vineyards it caused a notable decrease in grape production. We had to work intensively and in the end, thanks in part to a hot and dry summer, we obtained a healthy and quality harvest.

The grapes were harvested mainly by hand during the second half of September. The juice fermented for 15 days in stainless steel tanks with daily pump-overs. The wine then aged for 12 months in oak barrels and 12 more months in bottle. 60% of barrels were American oak and 40% were French oak. Around one third of the barrels were new.

Serving Hints
Suggested serving temperature of 62-65° F (16-18° C). It matches well with tapas and cold meats. A great choice with pastas, game, roasted lamb, hamburger sand BBQ, paella, rice and meat dishes, and not-very-cured cheese.

Producer: Bodegas Muriel
Region: Rioja (D.O.Ca.)
Country: Spain
Wine Composition: 100% Tempranillo
Alcohol: 14%

Press Highlights

2015: 90 Pts - James Suckling, Aug 2018
2014: 90 Pts - James Suckling, July 2017
2005: 89 Pts - Wine Advocate #195, June 2011

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