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Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2015


This wine is a bright red cherry color with medium intensity. Intense and complex, with a ripe red fruit bouquet and fine hints of its time in wood (spices, coffee and vanilla). The palate is round, elegant and balanced, maintaining a long level of freshness.

Wine Facts

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.

Serving Hints
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.

Interesting Fact

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.

Producer: Bodegas Muriel
Region:  Rioja (D.O.Ca)
Country: Spain
Wine Composition:  100% Tempranillo
Alcohol:  13.5%
Total Acidity: 5.50 G/L
Residual Sugar : 1.80 G/L
pH: 3.65

Press Highlights

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
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