2011 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja SKU #1297575


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Bodegas Muriel is located in the town of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa. The vineyards are located in both Alavesa and Rioja Alta and are planted on clay and limestone soils. The wine is aged for 24 months in a mix of French and American oak and then bottled and aged for two more additional years before its release.

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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Charming Rioja. Immediately enticing with dark fruit laced with oak and spice. Medium bodied with a suppleness that you do not normally find in Rioja. Moderate tannins, acidity and oak that are well integrated into the dark fruit. It goes down a little too easy and you want to reach for more. I liked it before I knew the price; I liked it even more after I was told $15!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a fantastic value in Rioja. Supple fruit, with ample body, juicy acidity, and gently spicy flavors just scream Rioja. This is the kind of red you can drink with or without a meal, pour for your guests who drink California reds or those who tend to prefer other stuff, and it will just work out and make everyone happy. Tasty and strongly recommended.
  • Muriel Sarik
    By: Muriel Sarik
    K&L Staff Member
    First, let me say how cool it is to share my name with Bodegas Muriel. Of course if the wine was bad, that wouldn't be cool. Not to worry, this is a fantastic wine at a great price. I got black fruit and dried sage on the nose. In the mouth, the plum fruit had some warm ground spices that added to the texture. The tannin was subtle with a lengthy finish. I was pleased with this wine, but I was impressed when I re-tasted it 24 hour later, it bloomed. It was smoother and more complex. There was elegance to it that wasn’t there the day before. This is a must for any Rioja fan. And again I’m not just saying it because my name is on the label!
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great example of delicious Rioja, drinking beautifully now. Bodegas Muriel makes wine in a darker-fruited style, with a fair amount of body and good sweet spice from the oak aging. On the nose the wine displays gorgeous berry fruit, and gives way to mocha, red earth and baking spice on the palate. The tannins have softened beautifully here, but they still certainly have the structure to age for the long haul.


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