The 2001 Muriel Gran Reserva, also from a superb vintage, was aged in French and American oak for 30 months followed by 3 years in bottle prior to release. It offers up a splendid, subtly sexy perfume of Asian spices, leather, incense, a hint of balsamic, and cherry. Elegant and satin-textured, this impeccably balanced, lengthy effort will continue to drink well for another 10 years. -WA
Viña Muriel was founded in 1926 by José Murúa in Elciego. It was considered in 2014 as one of the TOP 100 best wineries in the World. Vines are more than 50 years old. The wine is made from 100% Tempranillo handpicked from Elciego, the highest and coolest place in Rioja Alavesa. The RESERVA and GRAN RESERVA is considered one of the best in Rioja.