Monday, October 1, 2012

2006 Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)

When trying Rioja or Australian Tempranillo, I’ve often been left underwhelmed. That's not the case with this wine, however.

It is sexy, yet serious. Succulent, yet structured. It smells so good, with aromas of strawberries, chocolate orange, vanilla oak, tea leaves, and a lovely dustiness. To drink it is ripe yet medium bodied. There’s some nice juiciness to start before it turns very savoury, revealing a lovely liquorice and an emerging earthiness. Drying tannin shapes the wine nicely, and puts you in the mood for some barbecued meats. As a 6 year old wine, it is in the groove, but it continued to unwind and drink well over 4 days. Lots of love for this and I’ll be buying some for the cellar.


RRP: $30
ABV: 14.0%
Closure: Cork
Drink: 2012-2020



Anonymous said...

I had a bottle of this a couple of weeks ago as part of a general Rioja / Aussie temp sweep. This beat the other 2 spaniards - a suitable level of richness without the oak overpowering. Out of the Aussies, I thought the Tscharke Only Son acquitted itself well.

Red said...

Yes, thought the oak complimented the fruit nicely, and as you say isn't dominant.
I've not tried the Tscharke but will keep an eye out for it.

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