2005 Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva Rioja (Previously $30)
Dried cherry, licorice, tobacco and tea flavors mingle in this maturing red. The texture is round and polished, with a light grip and bright, orange peel acidity. Harmonious and still vibrant.
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A mature gran reserva, this has fragrant cedar and cigar box notes when first poured, bright and sunny, ready to light up a lamb chop. It turns smooth and Porty with air...
Bodegas Muriel is located in the town of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa. The vineyards are situated in both Alavesa and Rioja Alta and are planted on clay and limestone soils. Their 2005 Gran Reserva is unsuprisingly quite good, given the excellent vintage conditions and this bodega's consistency. Aromas of black cherry confit, with hints of coconut, subtle dill, and fruit cake, also show nice tertiary development. On the palate there is a rich, spicy and ripe black cherry fruit quality, with hints of leather, supple tannins, and balanced acidity. Nice style, generously fruited, spicy, soft, rather sumptuous, and unmistakably Rioja. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)