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Bodegas Muriel continues a long tradition dating back to 1926 when its wines achieved their famed reputation, thanks to the painstaking work of Don José Murúa Villaverde, a descendant of a long line of “cosecheros” from the village of Elciego. His wines were celebrated for their high quality and careful elaboration.

Located at the heart of Rioja Alavesa, in Elciego, Muriel stands next to the River Mayor, on a plot measuring 22 hectares. Here, the region´s local wine is made with the utmost care, ensuring a level of quality guaranteed to delight even the most demanding palate.

Loyal to its founder, Bodegas Muriel is the first winery in Rioja Alavesa to obtain the British Retail Consortium (BRC) accreditation, as well as ISO 9001, Revision 2000. So, in addition to impressive production capabilities, customers of Bodegas Muriel can rest assured that their wines carry the maximum guarantee of quality. This guarantee has made Muriel the third best-selling Rioja brand in the United Kingdom (Source: Nielsen Consultants UK Ltd).

Nestled in the Ebro vallery over an area of 57,000 hectares spread across the provinces of Navarre, La Rioja and Alava, the Rioja appelation produces 250 million litres of fine wine out of which 85% is red wine while the rest is either white or rosé wine.  Alava´s Rioja region covers 12,050 hectares, where the main variety of grape for wine production is the tempranillo grape.

All grapes are selected from Rioja Alavesa and Alta vineyards, soils are very poor and chalky with a clayish-sandy texture. 


Bodegas Muriel Products:

2010 Rioja Blanco

2013 Rioja Blanco

2011 Tempranillo

2009 Crianza

2008 Reserva

2004 Gran Reserva

 

Other Products: 

2008 JME Oak Aged Selection

2012 El Somo Oak Aged Selection

 

 

Awards and Accolades: 

2009 Crianza

5 Stars - Raymond Chan

Tempranillo from Rioja Alta and Alavesa, vines on average 20 y.o., aged 12 months in American and French oak. Dark ruby-red colour, lighter on edge. This has a rich and dense nose with sweet and savoury dark red fruit aromas, well-concentrated with earthy chocolate elements and subtle oaking. Beautifully refined on palate, rich and sweet black fruit flavours are surrounded by silky tannins. This has lovely detailed nuances with savoury elements intermixed with the sweet fruit, and the palate features a very, very long finish.:"

 

2008 Reserva

5 Stars - Raymond Chan

"Tempranillo from Rioja Alavesa and Alta, from vines 30 y.o. on average, the wine aged 2 years in equal portions French and American oak, 30% new. Full, dark ruby-red colour with some garnet and bricky hues. The bouquet is very elegant, with subtle layers of savoury red fruits and balsamic complexities entwined with oak cedar and spices. Medium-full bodied, this is extremely elegant, and smooth with satin-like textures. The tannins are very refined, but form appositive line with subtle drive. Layers of sweet fruit and oak merge seamlessly with savoury tobacco, earth and game hints. The finesse of the mouthfeel and length of flavour is sensational. This will drink well over the next 5-7+ years."

 

18.75/20 & #6 Decanter Magazine Top 50 Wines of 2013 

"Menthol and eucalyptus on the nose. More classic aromas come through with aeration. Savoury, traditional style with toasted nuts and coffee, delicate coconut and ripe, baked plum fruit. A great, classic Rioja. Complex and intriguing." - Decanter

 

2004 Grand Reserva

5 Stars - Raymond Chan

"Tempranillo from Rioja Alavesa and Alta from vines 50 y.o. on average, aged 30 months inequal portions French and American oak, 30% new. Deep ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is very elegant and refined, quite ethereal, but showing finesse combined with concentration. Savoury red fruits, earth and leather hints and oak cedar, very much in balance. Medium-bodied, the gentle sweetness of flavours feature on palate. An array of red fruits with secondary earth and tobacco interwoven with oak spices and cedar. Very smooth with the finest tannin line, the richness and stylishness the hallmark. This will drink well over the next 5-6+ years."