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Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva 2011

Overview

Red ruby color 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 full of velvet silkiness and finesse. A classic Rioja that is only produced in superior vintages.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
2011 was an almost model year in all climactic parameters. The harvest was officially qualified by Rioja’s Regulatory Council as EXCELLENT. The vines have an approximate age of 40 years, and are grown using the traditional “goblet” system. 20 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 25% American & 75% French oak barrels for 24 months, then 36 months in the bottle, with four rackings.


Serving Hints
Ideal for all types 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
Region: Rioja (D.O.Ca)
Country: Spain
Wine Composition: 100% Tempranillo
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: 1.4 G/L
Total Acidity: 5.33 G/L
pH: 3.58

Press Highlights

2011: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Sept 2020
2010: 93 Pts - James Suckling, July 2019
2010: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast
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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