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Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva 2010


Red ruby colort with a distinctive brick orange rim. It has an aromatic explosion of fine oak (vanilla, coffee and spices), very mature fruit such as raisins, as well as caramel and subtle bottle aging sensations (leather and dry leaves). These aromas become more intense and complex as the wine begins to breathe. On the palate the wine is perfectly assembled, full of velvet silkiness and finesse. A classic Rioja that is only produced in superior vintages.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Selected grapes from Rioja Alavesa and Alta vineyards. Soils are a mixture of chalk, sand and clay. The vines have a medium age of 40 years and are grown using the traditional “gobelet” system. 20 day fermentation and maceration takes place in stainless steel, temperature controlled vats with daily pump overs in order to achieve the optimum color and tannin extraction. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in stainless steel tanks and the wine is racked twice before going into oak barrels. The wine is aged in American and French oak barrel for 30 months, with four subsequent rackings. 

Serving Hints
Ideal all type of grilled and roasted meats and game stews. It also pairs well with strong fish and all kinds of cured and smoked cheeses. Tasty with black chocolate desserts...

PRODUCER: Bodegas Muriel, S.L.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Tempranillo
ALCOHOL: 13.5%

Press Highlights

2006: 91 Pts - Vinous, Feb 2019
2006: 90 Pts - James Suckling, Aug 2018
2005: 93 Pts - James Suckling, July 2017
2005: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Feb. 2015
2005: 89 Pts - ‘Best Buy’ Wine & Spirits ‘Years Best’ Issue, Dec. 2014
2004: 92 Pts - Winereviewonline.com, Marguerite Thomas, Mar. 25, 2014
2004: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #202, Aug. 2012
2004 ‘Recommended Reds’ Chicago Tribune – Bill St. John, April 2, 2014
2004: 89 Pts - Wine Spectator, Web Only Review 2012
2001: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate, #195 June 2011

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