Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2021 edition panel test of Spain's indigenous whites (see blue link below for the review).
Muriel, Vina Muriel Rioja Reserva Blanco 2013 - May 2021 Decanter review
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Founded in 1982, when Julian Murua Entrena revived his father, Jose Murua’s winery, which dates back to 1926 in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa (one of the three sub-regions that make up Spain’s Rioja appellation). The cellars are in the quaint, historic village of Elciego, which is renowned for being surrounded by some of the best terroir in Rioja. The name “Muriel” comes from the combination of the family name, Murua, the region, Rioja, and the name of the town itself, Elciego.
Rioja Alavesa is the smallest and most northerly of the Rioja subregions and is known for producing some of the highest quality wines in the area. Bodegas Muriel has three selections of wines, which are made from Rioja's major varieties – Tempranillo, Grenacha, Graciano and Viura (Macabeo). The flagship Muriel range offers the gamut of familiar Rioja styles, namely Tempranillo-dominant red wines in joven, crianza, reserva and gran reserva tiers. The Muriel range also has the Selección Tempranillo, a white from Viura and a rosé. Viña Muriel is a selection of three high-end wines, a red and white reserva and a gran reserva, and JME offers single-variety wines from the major Rioja grapes. Bodegas Muriel combines its fruit from both estate vineyards and growers in the region.
Vina Muriel Rioja Reserva Blanco is produced from 100% Viura grapes belonging to the Elciego area. Traditionally it had been largely neglected if compared to the Tempranillo variety, in fact, it used to be mixed with the classic open lake products, since it provided aroma and acidity. Winemaking After a delicate pressing, the grape juice is fermented in French oak barrels for 25 days. Once the fermentation is complete, the wine is aged in the same barrels for a further eight months. When the aging process is finished the wine is bottled staying a minimum of 18 months before being released to the market. It is in this final stage where the wine gains the complexity and roundness that make this wine so special.
For a little more detail, see the blue link below for the technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Muriel, Vina Muriel Rioja Reserva Blanco 2013 - fiche technique
This wine represents a return to a style which is remembered for its uniqueness: the aging of the white Viura grape. Aromatically, it reflects a great complexity: the convergence of subtleties such as citrus, white flowers with fine spices and roasted aromas provided by the aging process in oak. In the palate, a mixture of freshness coupled to a sensation of softness and body, or conferring a long time in the mouth feel. A different wine, special and of memorable vocation.