Thursday, April 2, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2008 Bodegas Muriel Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada Reserva

I have been very much enjoying the spoils of a recent trip to California where I visited a great wine shop in Hollywood - K & L Wines.  They have a wonderful selection of Spanish reds - so it will be a spring full of vinos de España!!!

Wine: 2008 Bodegas Muriel Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada Reserva
Region: Rioja, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo

Obtained from: Purchased at K&L Wines, Hollywood
Price: $15
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, dark red with a pink rim.
Aroma: Upon opening, a real blast of stewed plums (I know... prunes, but I just can't say it!!!). Mellowed with more black cherry coming forward after being open a while.
Taste: A nice level of acidity that overpowers the tannins a bit. Nice long finish.

The Grade: I give this one an A-. A Reserva level wine at a Crianza price.  A little high on the acidity, but for the price a very nice wine.  Definitely a very interesting aroma to this one... try it!

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