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...
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%