• Marques de Murrieta Reserva Rioja 2014 94

    Marques de Murrieta Reserva Rioja 2014

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    94pts Tim Atkin

    93pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "There is a subtlety and harmony that is laudable." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

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    The many facets which make up this spectacular Spanish red allow it to pair beautifully with everything from cured meats and antipasti, to beef and lamb, hearty grilled fish and many things in between. The last thing you should know:

    Tim Atkin: "Tempranillo based, with a growing percentage of Graciano and some support from Mazuelo and Garnacha, it reflects the cooler, Atlantic conditions of 2014. Focused, pure and nuanced with scented oak, fine tannins and supporting acidity." Jun 2018

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The blend of the 2014 Rioja Reserva is very similar to the 2013, 84% Tempranillo with 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo and 2% Garnacha. 2014 was a somewhat-challenging vintage, with warm and cold spells and some rain during the summer. The fermentation usually lasts eight days with pigéage and remontage, pressed and put to age in 225-liter American oak barrels for 19 months. This is still a little young and has had less time in bottle. It might need a little bit more time in bottle. The nose is subtle and very harmonious, with aromas of red cherries and some aromatic herbs. The palate is soft, it has a velvety texture with polished, round tannins, and there is a subtlety and harmony that is laudable. It was bottled in seven lots between July and September 2017. Drink 2018-2024.

    Marqués de Murrieta will ferment 2018 wines in their brand new winery at the Ygay estate. In 2017 they celebrated their 165th anniversary, and they have been able to keep an updated, classical profile in their wines." Feb 2018

    Winery: "Tangible proof of elegance, balance and constancy characteristic of the Marques de Murrieta Winery and its surrounding vineyards situated in the Ygay Estate, it is a red reserva wine with a balanced aging of two years in new and partly new American oak barrels and a year and a half in bottle. The result is an elegant wine that combines complexity and fineness, summing up the best attributes of our identity and actuality.

    Pair with steamed and grilled hake loin, prawns with their coral and truffle aroma; baked unsalted cod with onion and green peppers; grilled beef tenderloin, green asparagus and carrot purée; creamy carnaroli rice with truffles and foie mi - cuit; selection of creamy and blue cheeses, red wine compote and sour cherries."

    750ml, cork                                                           
    Varietal 84% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuello, 2% Garnacha
    Aging 19months in 225L American oak barrels; approximately 24 months further refining in bottle
    Region Rioja, Spain