As you all know I like to introduce you to good quality, inexpensive wines. It’s not necessary to purchase expensive wines and besides, not everyone’s palate has developed to a point that an expensive bottle of wine is appreciated. That is why awhile back I started trying to find wines that are rated at 90 points or higher and are priced at $20.00 or less.
About a week prior to my last heart episode I visited with Stan Minden at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 here in Elkhart. Chalet has a large wine selection, half of which is good quality, lower priced wines. On that occasion Stan and I selected a half dozen wines that fit my criteria of 90 points or higher for less than $20.00. Unfortunately I became ill and wasn’t able to introduce you to them.
As I get started writing my blog again I want to report on one of those wines: the 2011 Bodegas Muriel Reserva, a red wine made of Tempranillo grapes from a vineyard located in northern Spain.
Bodega (Bo-de-ga) translates roughly to mean a storehouse for wine. The Bodegas Muriel winery was founded in 1926 by José Villaverde Murúa in the outskirts of the village Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa region of northern Spain. This area is highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines. In 1986 Julian Murúa took over the winemaking activities his father had began, and he created the Muriel Wines.
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The wine is, as I mentioned earlier, from Tempranillo grapes. Tempranillo wines are known to be food-friendly with soft tannins, low alcohol levels and bright acidity.
I found the wine had a classic ruby red color typical of Tempranillo wines. The nose opened with rooty aromas that turned into hints of berry fruit and aromas of spice. On the palate the wine was a little grabby. I believe this shows good structure and build. The up-front flavors were of oak, plum and berries. The finish was dry with firm tannins and lasted for a good length of time.
The wine was scored at 90/100 points by three different rating organizations. I purchased the wine for $17.99 plus tax. The alcohol level is moderate at 13.5%. The wine will pair well with food off your grill, or red meat in general. The wine will be good for the next couple of years. However, it isn’t a wine you would want to have in your collection for a long period of time. It is made to drink sooner rather than later. The wine should drink well through 2021. I would recommend you try the wine.
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- May 4th – International Sauvignon Blanc Day
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- Aug 1st – National Albariño Day
- Aug 18th – National Pinot Noir Day