Vina Muriel Fincas de la Villa Rioja Reserva 2011 (6pk)
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Soil: Sandstone & Calcerous
Vine Age: 65 years+
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Winemaker: Javier Murua
Summary: Bodegas Muriel lies in the outskirts of the township of Elciego and next to the Mayor River in the heights of Alavesa, the site for the most premium and sought after of vineyards. Founded in 1926 by
Jose Murua Villaverde, the winery is now managed by his son Julian Murua and grandson, winemaker Javier Murua.
Winemaking: Totally de-stemmed before a long, cool fermentation with daily hand-plunging to achieve colour and phenolic extraction. The wine spent a total of 15 days on skins. Aged for 24 months in a combination of newer and older French and American oak before botling and a further two years maturation in the underground cellars of Muriel before release.
Vintage: 2011 was a year requiring greater management than usual. Low spring rainfall and a warm summer meant water levels were low and the vines experienced some stress. The end of summer saw temperatures begin to fall and the heights of Alavesa’s typical cooler nights provided excellent relief and prolonged ripening enabling further flflavour complexity development. With water and canopy management the best of vineyards produced excellent fruit resulting in flavoursome wines with very good cellaring potential.
Tasting Note: Classic ruby red with a terracota hue. Lifted aromas of red berries, cola, vanilla and subtle garden herbs. Ripe fruit flavour is pulled elegantly firm with fine sandy tannins and perky, refreshing acidity. This is an expressive yet refined Tempranillo with excellent intensity offering itself as a wonderful partner to many cuisines.
Review: Impressively fruited and deeply savoury, this gorgeous wine shows dried cherry, dark plum, smoked game, leather and cedar characters on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that is silky and refined.
The wine offers lovely maturity and harmony, superbly framed by loads of polished tannins.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: 94 points and Five Sta
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