Bodegas Muriel, Rioja Reserva (Spain) “Fincas de la Villa” 2017

($22, Quintessential Wines):  Bodegas Muriel makes a range of wines, all of which are easy to recommend.  Frankly, I would buy all three of the current releases reviewed this week, then invite some people over, and give everyone a quick lesson in Rioja.  A Reserva requires three years of aging prior to release, which results, in this case, in a more serious wine.  Darker and more brooding than Muriel’s Crianza, this Reserva has attractive bitterness in its bright uplifting finish.  Polished tannins are appropriate and not overwhelming.  Here is another bargain to drink now, with a heftier meal.
93 Michael Apstein Feb 14, 2023