The Marques de Murrieta Reserva 2017 is a traditional Rioja wine crafted in the classic Murrieta signature style and enjoying all the benefits of modern winemaking philosophy, equipment and techniques. This Marques de Murrieta Reserva has incredible depth and intensity on the nose with chocolate, walnut, blackberry and wet-earth aromas. Some iodine, too. All this follows through to a full body with very silky tannins that give the wine depth and length. It’s really framed beautifully. Reserved and tight at the finish. A terrific wine for the cellar.
The red 2017 Rioja Reserva is their flagship wine, of which they produce 900,000 bottles exclusively from grapes from their 300 hectares of estate vineyards. It’s a blend of 83% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo (Cariñena) and 2% Garnacha and has the character of the vintage, ripe and warm but without excess.
This Marques de Murrieta Reserva wine pairs beautifully with baked red snapper with grilled vegetables in white wine, apple, lime, and rosemary, or even lamb chops with buttermilk, asparagus, and red wine. Decanting the wine for 20 minutes is recommended. Best enjoyed between 59º- 61ºF.
96 points James Suckling
94 points Decanter
93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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