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Muriel Crianza 2018


The 2018 Fincas de la Villa Crianza is cherry red in color, clean and bright. Ripe red fruit aromas combine with notes of vanilla, cocoa, coffee, and licorice. The palate is broad and notably fresh, with soft tannins leading to a tasty finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this wine come from Bodegas Muriel Estate Vineyards in Rioja Alavesa, with the vines averaging more than 25 years of age and vineyards planted on clay-limestone soil. The climate is Continental Mediterranean, with a strong Atlantic influence. After a difficult 2017 that was marked by the massive April frost, 2018 harvest was defined by a large production of high-quality grapes.

Harvest was conducted manually, taking place the last week of September and first week of October. The grapes were destemmed, gently pressed and then transferred to stainless steel vats, where they were fermented for fifteen days with daily pump-over. The wine was moved to French Oak barrels for 12 months’ ageing in 60% American Oak, and 40% French Oak, with one third of the barrels new. The wine then spent a year in bottles, before release.

Serving Hints
This Crianza is enjoyable on its own at room temperature, or as the perfect accompaniment to Cured Sausage and Spanish cheeses, a range of meats (from sirloin to hamburgers, lamb to pork) and roasted chicken.

Producer: Bodegas Muriel
Region: Rioja (D.O.Ca.)
Country: Spain
Wine Composition: 100% Tempranillo
Alcohol: 13.7%
Residual Sugar: 1.1 G/L
Total Acidity: 5.03 G/L
pH: 3.62

Press Highlights

2019: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Mar 2022
2016: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, July 2021
2016: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Aug 2020
2016: 90 Pts - Vinous, Apr 2021
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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