Gold in color, then oaky and resiny, with a strong barrel element, honey and baked fruit on the nose. Full, sticky and catchy in the mouth, with resin, toast and baked apple and peach flavors. A unique style of mature, barrel-aged Viura. Not for everyone.
Quite forward, with lots of sweet oak around berry and tobacco flavors. Nice in a spicy, flashy way, but not for long-term relationships. Great bar and restaurant wine; dark but not deep.
With raisiny, damp aromas and a flat body, we can only label this Marqués de Murrieta high-ender a miss. While not a disaster, you’d expect more from something labeled Gran Reserva Especial, but instead it fails to capture the essence of Rioja and shows heavy cola, blackberry and truffle flavors as well as deep, dull tannins. Overripe to begin with?
Old wines are not easy to appreciate, so we’d almost rather have you judge this wine. In our opinion, it’s way too sour and lacking in fruit to justify rave reviews. Thirty years of age doesn’t seem to have helped it, and what’s left is sherried and pruny, yet with sharp acidity.