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2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja

SKU #1157883 95 points Decanter

 *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.  (5/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (2/2015)

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)  (12/2013)


 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)  (11/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Black cherry, chocolate, licorice and raisin flavors mingle in this round red. The tannins are softening, but the balsamic acidity maintains freshness. (TM)  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

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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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2014 | Send Email
This lively, affordable Rioja offers a nose of black cherry and dried florals along with notes of cedar, dill and vanilla from a combination of French and American oak barrel aging. Additionally a lush, medium-bodied palate of high-toned blackberry fruit finishes with bright acidity and tangy berry fruit notes. Enjoy this with roasted or grilled meats and firm cheeses!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2014 | Send Email
This is a delightfully vibrant and bright Reserva, with high tone raspberry and cherry fruit. The spicebox aromas range from cardamom to cinnamon with the lovely scent of clove added for good measure. There is ample acidity here which makes this an ideal pairing with food. Perfect for paella, roasted fowl and all things pork.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2014 | Send Email
Ever so often I come across a wine that's text book classic of where it comes from. And in the case of the Muriel, it is not only classic but also a pleasure to be had. Beautiful coffee notes, along with plums, nuts, and coconut, perhaps due to slight oxidation and maturity in barrels. Complex and yet affordable, this will pair easily with say, a pork roast, Greek food especially moussaka, and of course... Lamb!

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- 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.


- 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.


Alcohol Content (%): 13.5