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Viña Eguía Tempranillo 2020


The 2020 Viña Eguía Tempranillo is a bright cherry red color, with a nose of intense red fruit aromas, combined with subtle scents from oak ageing -- vanilla, coconut, balsamic notes, and licorice. The palate is fresh, full, and very savory, with a vibrant structure. It has a pleasant and quite a long finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this wine come from Bodegas Muriel Estate Vineyards in Rioja Alavesa, with the vines averaging around twenty years of age and grown on a combination of Clay-Ferrous and Clay-Limestone soil. The climate is Continental Mediterranean, with a strong Atlantic influence. The 2020 vintage was rainy and complex, but very good in terms of the harvest. The grapes were picked in the last few days of September. After destemming, the grapes are pressed and the juice transferred into stainless steel vats. Fermentation was conducted over fourteen days, with daily pump-over. The wine then went into three-year-old American oak barrels for six months’ ageing.

Interesting Facts
The Viña Eguía winery and vineyards were established in 1973 in Elciego and purchased by Bodegas Muriel in 2010. Elciego is a town in the Rioja Alavesa, which borders the Spanish “Basque” region, and the language spoken there often includes Basque words, such as “Eguía” which means “truth.” The brand is symbolized by an open hand over the label, which is in the shape of an open book – analogous to putting one’s hand on a bible to swear to the truth of what one is saying.

Serving Hints
Ideal with all type of meat, including beef and other red meats, various semi-cured cheeses and very good with Spanish “tapas” and tomato based pizzas.

Producer: Bodegas Muriel
Region: Rioja (D.O.Ca)
Country: Spain
Wine Composition: 100% Tempranillo
Alcohol: 13.95%
Total Acidity: 5.03 G/L
Residual Sugar: 1.1 G/L
pH: 3.62

Press Highlights

2019: 90 Pts ‘Best Buy’ - Wine Enthusiast, June/July 2022 Issue
2018: 90 Pts - James Suckling, July 2019
2015: 91 Pts - James Suckling, July 2017
2010: Wine Advocate #210 Dec. 2013
2010: “Silver Medal” 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition
2008: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate, # 202, Aug 2012

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