Top Riojas through the ages

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Sarah Jane Evans MW explores the stylistic evolution of Rioja and suggests the best wines to look out for and buy from vintages spanning the last two decades...
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Rioja, marques de murrieta reserva
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Marques de Murrieta Reserva 2005

Marques de Murrieta Reserva 2005
Murrieta Reserva offers a reliable taste of classic Rioja. This has had about 22 months in American oak, the traditional wood for ageing in the region, giving a superb slick of vanilla and adding richness to the cherry fruit. The ripeness of 2005 makes it ready to drink now, though it has plenty of life ahead. 17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Price £13–£20 widely available
Drink 2013–2017
Alc 14%

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