Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2008 J.M.E. Tempranillo is sourced from 30-year-old bush vines and is raised in American and French oak for seven months. It has a light, plum and cassis-scented bouquet that seems rather pinched. The palate is juicy and fleshy on the entry with crisp strawberry and red cherry flavors. This leads to a plump, pleasurable finish that is enjoyable rather than intellectual. Drink now-2020. (Aug 2012)
Bodegas Muriel was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua Entrena revived his father’s, Jose Murua’s winery (which dates back to 1926) located in the Rioja Alavesa one of the three subregions of the Rioja appellation. The cellars are in the historic village of Elciego, surrounded by some of the finest terroir in Rioja. Julian and his son combine traditional and modern winemaking techniques to coax the best out of their vines. All Bodegas Muriel wines are 100% Tempranillo. The macroclimate of the region, influenced by the Mediterranean, Continental and Atlantic, helps the vines produce very aromatic and elegant wines. The name Muriel comes from the combination of the family name, Murua, and the name of the town itself, Elciego.