2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja (Elsewhere $20)
*Top 50 Wines of 2013* Menthol and eucalyptus on the nose. More classic aromas come through with aeration. Savoury, traditional style with toasted nuts and coffee, delicate coconut and ripe, baked plum fruit. A great, classic Rioja. Complex and intriguing.
A narrow, hard-driving nose is oaky and bit low on friendly fruit. Like most from the vintage, this wine is staunch, grabby and tannic on the palate. Black fruit with oak and herbal tones finish with strength and grip. (MS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Reserva just feels very Rioja, with notes of leather, cedar, cigar box and a core of red and black fruit. The palate is fresh, with very good acidity, clean flavors and good persistence and length. This Reserva delivers very good value. (LG)
Deep red. Aromas of cherry pit, raspberry, musky underbrush and tobacco, with a hint of oak spice in the background. Lively red berry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by peppery spices and orange pith, which add back-end cut. Finishes focused and lively, with dusty, slow-building tannins. (JR)
Black cherry, chocolate, licorice and raisin flavors mingle in this round red. The tannins are softening, but the balsamic acidity maintains freshness. (TM)
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.