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2006 Muriel Rioja Fincas de la Villa Gran Reserva

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June 4, 2023 - $21



91Vinous / IWC

Pungent, spice-tinged cherry and raspberry aromas, along with hints of coconut and woodsmoke. Silky and open-knit, showing very good clarity and energy to the sweet red fruit, rose pastille and spicecake flavors. Delivers a solid punch of flavor...long, subtly tannic finish.

90James Suckling

Dark, earthy notes with graphite and tarry elements and rich plum essence. The palate has a smooth core of spicy plum-paste. Chocolate and dark berries to close.


Spain, Rioja

Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.