Bodegas Muriel, Rioja (Spain) Tempranillo “Viña Eguía” 2020

($15, Quintessential Wines):  Despite rising prices for wine world-wide, Spain, even prestigious areas such as Rioja, still remains a source for terrific bargains.  Take this one, for example.  It delivers a balanced mixture of berry-like fruitiness and a touch of spice, supported by sufficient but not intrusive structure.  It would be fine slightly chilled because the tannins are mild and not astringent.  A hint of bitterness in the finish reminds you this is real wine.  This light red is versatile, a would be a good choice for a range of food from pizza to grilled chicken.
90 Michael Apstein Jun 21, 2022