I like it so much that I love to snuggle up with a bottle of Marques de Murrieta Reserva when I take a nap.
The historical property is located in Roja Alto and the house has been owned and operated by the Murrieta family since 1852. Here’s what make this wine from Rioja unique: It is the largest family-owned estate in all of Rioja. The estate itself is separated into many plots, vinified by soil type and the grapes are all hand harvested.
Although the estate was founded in 1852 by Luciano de Murrieta, the emblematic Chateau was not built until 1878. Luciano dedicated his life to winemaking and introduced the latest viticulture and European trends to the Rioja region of Spain. Today, the tradition continues with the current owner, Count of Creixall, V. Dalmau Cebrian-Sagarriga and his sister Cristina.
The Rioja Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuel and Graciano and spends 20 months in American oak and then another 2 years aging in the bottle. The result is a dense wine with a bright cherry color with a big spicy, cherry nose. On the palate, you will find fresh fruit and silky tannins with smoke and a subtle spicy oak. The Marqués de Murrieta Red Reserva pairs well with red meats and cured ham as well as grilled fish and dishes with rich sauces. I recommend you decant the wine half an hour before serving it at 16º to 18º C.
I give this wine the ultimate kitten stamp of approval!