“Spanish wines are some of the best values in the market – we keep seeing unbelievably great quality for the price! Today we have the newly-released 2011 Bodegas Muriel Rioja Reserva – an excellent value from the outstanding 2011 vintage. This wine is showing well now… and can be enjoyed for years to come! Spain is known for a wide variety of red wine grapes, but Tempranillo is the country’s ‘standard bearer.’ This delicious Rioja has classic flavors, complex profiles and at under $15, provides excellent value. Enjoy this with your upcoming summer BBQs and into the fall!” – Jim Knight, Wine House
2011 Bodegas Muriel Rioja Reserva
92 Points James Suckling
90 Points Wine Spectator
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Release Price: $20
Wine House: $14.99

92 Points James Suckling: “Floral and subtle fruit character on the nose follows through to a full to medium body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. So refined. Hints of herbs and pepper towards the end. Drink or hold.” – December 2016

90 Points Wine Spectator: “Pretty fruit flavors of strawberry and raspberry mingle with vanilla, spice and light herbal notes in this alluring red. The tannins are light but firm, while citrusy acidity keeps this fresh through the vanilla-scented finish. Drink now through 2021.” – Thomas Matthews, May 2016

90 Points Wine Enthusiast: “Baked, rooty aromas of sandalwood, exotic spices and berry fruits are attractive. Though slightly grabby on the palate, this shows the right structure and build. Flavors of up-front oak, herbal plum and raspberry finish dry, with firm, pinching tannins. Drink through 2021.” – Michael Schachner, August 2016


GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Tempranillo
ALCOHOL: 13.5%

TASTING NOTES: This wine is a ruby red color, with good intensity. The fruit in the nose and palate are very clean and mature (red fruits dominate) along with hints of liquorice, on a background of spice and vanilla notes from the wood aging. The palate is round, elegant and velvety, showing finesse and a very long, satisfying finish.

SERVING HINTS: Ideal with all type of grilled and roasted meats. It also matches well with strong fish and all kind of cured cheeses. Tasty with chocolate desserts.

WINEMAKER NOTES: Selected grapes from Rioja Alavesa and Alta vineyards. Soils are a very poor, chalky type with a clayish-sandy texture. The vines have a medium age of 40 years and are grown using the traditional “goblet” system. Twenty to 25 days of fermentation and maceration in stainless steel, temperature-controlled vats with daily pump-overs in order to achieve the optimum color and tannic extraction. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is racked twice before going into oak barrels. The wine is aged in American and French oak barrels for 24 months with three rackings. There is further bottle ageing for two years prior to release.

Translation from the label: “Centuries ago, the people of Elciego built high towers to look out over their vineyards and the greatest landmarks of their region: the Ebro River and the magnificent Sierra Cantabria Mountains. Today, the traces of our ancestor’s dreams still remain in the balanced and welcoming landscape of our village.”


Founded in 1982, when Julian Murua Entrena revived his father, Jose Murua’s winery, which dates back to 1926 in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa (one of the three sub-regions that make up Spain’s Rioja appellation). The cellars are in the quaint, historic village of Elciego, which is renowned for being surrounded by some of the best “terrior” in Rioja. The name “Muriel” comes from the combination of the family name, Murua, and the name of the town itself, Elciego. Today, Julian and his son Javier run the winery with the mission to meld the long-held winemaking traditions of the region with new technologies and techniques in order to make wines that express the “best qualities” of the grapes coming from these fertile Riojan vineyards. Like most of red wines in the region, all Bodegas Muriel wines are 100% Tempranillo, the “signature” grape of the region. Due to the special micro-climate of the region, there is a triple influence from the Mediterranean, Continental and Atlantic climates, which helps the vines produce very aroma tic and elegant wines, whose main characteristic is the potential to age.
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