2004 Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva
Tasted: 13 Aug 2008 / Cost When Tasted: $25
Reviewed By: Mike Supple
Type: Blend, Dry Red Wine
Grape(s): Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo
Region: Rioja, Spain
Thoughts: Spicy, fruity and delicious. What more could you want from a red wine? Since it's a Reserva, it has already been aged for you in their cellars, making it ready to pick up at your wine shop and drink tonight. While it may be a few dollars more than your average every day wine, the extra age put on it in the winery's cellars makes this much deeper and more complex of a wine, and is more than worth the few extra dollars. A blend of 93% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha and 2% Mazuelo. It is aged for 24 months in large American oak casks, which is what gives the wine its touch of creamy caramel and vanilla flavors. American oak is used rather frequently in Spain and is a nice match for their big powerful reds.
Food Suggestions: Smoked ham, spicy sausage, steak, hamburgers, chorizo, meaty fish (salmon, shark) in rich sauce.
Drink Timeline: 2008 - 2014