2013 Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Rioja (Elsewhere $25)

SKU #1343589 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The red blend 2013 Rioja Reserva is mostly Tempranillo with 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo and 3% Garnacha, a proportion that is very similar from year to year as they want this blend to show the typicity of the Ygay estate. They blend grapes from different vineyards, soils, expositions and altitudes in search of a traditional, fine and elegant red aged in American oak barrels with more modern characteristics like fruit, mid-palate and integration of the oak. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented separately in stainless steel vats and the wine matured in barrel for 18 months. This is a somehow unusual vintage of Murrieta Reserva from a challenging vintage, with aromas of beef blood, sweet spices and red cherries. The palate is vibrant with citrus acidity, flavors of acid berries and an elegant, long finish. Unusual, but I like it. (LG)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

Though one of the oldest Rioja bodegas, dating back to the mid-19th century, Marqués de Murrieta is not resting on its laurels. They continue to produce excellent wines big hits with their customers and critics alike. They farm all their own grapes on their large, contiguous vineyard just outside of Logrono, which boasts old vines, a variety of terroir from chalky clay to very stony parcels, and a climate that particularly favors not only Tempranillo but some of the region's finest Mazuelo.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2018 | Send Email
While 2013 was not easy, for those in Rioja who have serious acreage, an experienced team and the ability to select, there were some incredibly solid wines that were made. Indeed, I have had some great Rioja´s from this vintage. True to the year, this bottling has a a slightly darker pitch to the fruit and a slightly firmer overall feel, without any hard edges. The flavor development is impressive considering its age, with all of the sweetly spicy and savory notes we love in Rioja unfurling in this delicious Reserva bottling. For the price, Marqués de Murrieta continues to be one of our best Rioja´s in stock, and from one of the most consistent leaders in quality and value from the region. Highly recommended!

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2018 | Send Email
Even Though 2013 was a troublesome vintage Marques De Murrieta still scored 92 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate! The wine is Predominantly Tempranillo, with of Graciano, Mazuelo, and Garnacha sprinkled in. Sweet black cherry, red raspberry, a nice amount of soft spice and leather on the nose. The palate offered a hint of savoriness, dried cherry, and ripe red plum. The oak is well integrated, the acidity is mouthwatering and fresh, and the finish is rather long. This Rioja is an amazing value at under $20.00

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2018 | Send Email
While 2013 was not an ideal vintage, this offering from Murrieta is quite a tasty bottle. Aromas of plums and black cherries, along with subtle hints of cedar. On the palate, flavors of dried red cherries, mixed berries, and pomegranate come into the fold. The wine possesses a nice balance between an elevated acidity and robust structure. The tannins are integrated nicely as well. A fantastic Rioja for under-$20

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2018 | Send Email
This is almost as good as the 2010, do you remember how freaking good that was? While it might not be as intense as that wine it has a savory complexity in its youth that the 2010 didn't and more importantly it is more open knit. This wine drinks as if it were at least three years older. It is rich without being heavy, has good length and very polished tannins. There is plenty of ripe cherry fruit, it just accented with chocolate and savory spices.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14