Varieties: Researching blends is difficult for wines of this era, though it appears likely that this Crianza has some Garnacha and Mazuelo in addition to Tempranillo.
Appearance: Dusty burgundy, with some light at the rims.
Nose: Classic notes of aged Tempranillo - citrus skin and some horse stable.
Palate: Dry, medium bodied. Showing lean texture but with a touch of broadness in its mid-palate. Considered a great vintage at the Bodega.
Vinification: Marques de Murrieta is named after Luciano de Murrieta, one of the founding fathers of modern Rioja winemaking, who established the estate in 1852 in the world-renowned Rioja region of Spain. Considered a ‘crianza’ but in those days it was really aged more like a ‘reserva.’ This bottle comes to us from a private cellar in Spain that has been quietly aging the bottles underground upon release.
Recommended Food Pairing: Soft pork roast, loin, or perhaps even porchetta.