Bodegas Muriel’s Rioja Reserva 2008

muriel-rioja-reserva-2008-red-wineBodegas Muriel is located in the famous village of Elciego of Spain’s Rioja Alvaesa region. The rolling hills of the region have been devoted to grape vines for centuries. According to the winemaker, the balanced climate, and clay and limestone soil is ideal.

This month we feature Bodegas Muriel’s Rioja Reserva 2008. The winemaker describes this vintage as “a finely balanced wine, with a polished and elegant body, with a long and pleasant aftertaste.”

Consistently high praised, Bodegas Muriel’s Rioja Reserva 2008 received 95 points from Decanter Magazine, which also named it to the top 50 Wines of 2013. Decanter’s tasting notes:

“Savoury, traditional style with toasted nuts and coffee, delicate coconut and ripe, baked plum fruit. A great, classic Rioja. Complex and intriguing.”

According to Bodegas Muriel, this Rioja “matches especially well with roasted lamb, cutlets barbequed on vine shoots, fish in sauce recipes, as well as smoked and cured cheese. [An] excellent wine to accompany chocolate desserts.”

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