Bodegas Muriel Rioja Gran Reserva 2014
"Complex and ethereal dark plums, savory spices and tobacco with sweet spices, iron and dried orange peel. This is long and elegant on the palate, rounded by creamy and firm tannins. Drink or hold." James Suckling 93 points Drink 2023+
James Suckling 96 Top Value Wines 2020 #34 " Lots of mushroom and walnut aromas with plum and leather, too. It's full-bodied, but very soft and creamy-textured with lots of old wood, mushroom and ripe fruit on the finish. Some chocolate and hazelnut. Complex and gorgeous. Drink or hold."
"Arana commemorates one of La Rioja Alta's historic families. The Tempranillo (95%) and Graciano (5%) are aged separately in American oak barrels for three years before blending, then for three years in bottle (two years less than the 904, and six years less than the 890). The winery's keynote to this Rioja is 'freshness'. I agree. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030"
The aim with the 2014 Viña Arana Gran Reserva is to find a new Gran Reserva style that combines freshness and joy with intensity, sophistication and aging potential through a blend of Tempranillo with 6% Graciano that matured in American oak barrels for three years with rackings every six months. 2014 was a weaker year in the region, and the wine shows it and feels less vivacious than the 2015 Viña Alberdi. It has medium ripeness and abundant spicy and smoky notes and a medium-bodied palate with a soft texture that points at a wine for shorter-term consumption than the rest of the portfolio or other vintages from this cuvée. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2018.
This lean red offers dried cherry, black tea, forest floor and cedar notes, with light, firm tannins and orange peel acidity. Graceful, in the traditional style. Tempranillo and Graciano. Drink now through 2024. 1,400 cases imported.