Muriel Fincas de la Villa “Vinas Viejas” Rioja DOCa Gran Reserva 2011


The pinnacle wine-making of Bodegas Muriel in Rioja. The wine had been made from old vines Tempranillo, and aged for 5 years before release. The wine is intense and exceptionally complex. Apart from fruitiness, there are vanilla, coffee, spices, leather, dried leaf and some balsamic bouquet. Ideal to match with some top quality cured meat, smoked cheese and slow-cooked games.

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Product of La Rioja







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Bodegas Muriel was founded by Murúa family in 1926. It was the first winery that was established near Elciego.

The Vineyards of Muriel Fincas de la Villa are located in Elciego, within Rioja Alavesa. The sub-region on the Northern side of Rioja. Its proximity to Atlantic coast means cooler climate and usually windier. Local climate is still continental Mediterranean, but with a strong Atlantic influence. Soil under vines are largely clay-limestone

composition, organically poor. For Gran Reserva, wines are made from 100% Tempranillo, vine age 35 to 40 years old, grown in both Gobelet training and trellis-trained system.

The protected denomination of Rioja can be divided into three sub-region. Rioja Alavesa being the Northern-most and coolest through Atlantic influence.

Gobelet refers to traditional bush vine training, that vines are shaped like goblets. This particular training method is suitable to warmer wine regions with very dry climate. The vines can functionally retain waters and bear fruit with concentrated flavour. However such training also means labour intensive maintenance and harvest.

Trellised vineyard have became increasingly common as mechanization gradually replaces more and more manual labour. Gobelet vines are undeniably a part of historical heritages of Rioja.

For the 2011 vintage, the grapes are picked by hand and in boxes, during the first 10 days of October. The berries spend 20 days in stainless steel tanks for both fermentation and maceration. Each goes through daily ‘delestage’ for better extraction of aroma precursors, colour and phenolic compounds. According to the law, Gran Reserve Rioja must spend 5 years of ageing before release, for which 24 months are in barrels plus 36 months in the bottle. The barrels used are 75% of French oak and 25% of American oak. All barrels are brand-new.

If opening now, the wine would have medium garnet colour with a distinctive brick orange rim. The wine offers great intensity on the nose, with vanilla, coffee, spices and ripe black fruit aromas, as well as nuances from the bottle ageing, such as leather, dry leaves. Due to its long barrel ageing, the palate is soft and silky, with a strong personality.  It finishes warm and pleasing.

Additional information
Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 30 cm

Wine Type

Serving and Ageing

Serve the wine in Bordeaux red wine glasses, at around 17℃. Ideally serve with cured meat, well-seasoned tender red meat, or smoked cheese.
The wine drinks at its best now, but can still hold for a few more years.

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