Aromas of licorice and spice mingle with notes of balsamic, dark red fruit and vanilla. Full-bodied with textured tannins on the finish.
Wine Advocate 89 points - I think this is different from their regular Rioja, but with all the changing labels and brands it’s not easy to know. This 2008 Muriel Reserva is called Vina Muriel Tierras de Lastra Reserva and opens to strong balsamics, licorice and cigar box notes coupled with fresh black cherries and spices amid a toasty background. The palate is supple, has some fine-grained tannins and finishes tasty and pleasant. 60,000 bottles (Apr 2015)
Wine Advocate 89 points - 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. Drink 2014-2018. (Dec 2013)
Bodegas Muriel was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua Entrena revived his father’s, Jose Murua’s winery (which dates back to 1926) located in the Rioja Alavesa one of the three subregions of the Rioja appellation. The cellars are in the historic village of Elciego, surrounded by some of the finest terroir in Rioja. Julian and his son combine traditional and modern winemaking techniques to coax the best out of their vines. All Bodegas Muriel wines are 100% Tempranillo. The macroclimate of the region, influenced by the Mediterranean, Continental and Atlantic, helps the vines produce very aromatic and elegant wines. The name Muriel comes from the combination of the family name, Murua, and the name of the town itself, Elciego.
|The berries were fermented in stainless steel vats with daily pump overs. The wine was racked three times and aged for 24 months in American oak.