If you are looking for a good Rioja at a fair price, then this wine from Marqués de Murrieta merits your attention. It is a blend of 84% tempranillo, 13% grenache and 3% mazuelo. A bright ruby in colour, it has a medium to pronounced intensity aroma of oak (American – as is often typical in Rioja), plums, butter and spices, with a sprinkling of pepper. On the palate, there are similar flavours, with medium acidity, medium to high alcohol and body, integrated tannins and towards long length. The next day it drank equally well. The sort of wine I’d buy. 88 points.
Tasted: October 2011