I have not met a Spanish wine that isn’t bold. Though some more understated than others, it is not something you casually – almost carelessly sip away in the background. No, Spanish wine demands that you savour it deliberately. Its often full-bodied complex notes would not stand for anything but.
At the Marqués de Murrieta tasting at La Bodega BSC, we sampled some wines from the famous Rioja region. Founded in 1852, Murrieta wines are produced using traditional methods – aging wines sourced from their own vineyards for a minimum of 2 years.
We began with the Pazo Barrantes Albarino 2012. Light, citrus, floral, easy to drink white to pave the way for the rest of the evening. A bit too mild for me, but I can see why this is a starter drink.
Next, the Capellania Reserva 2008. Lovely bouquet with a strong whiff, medium-bodied, dry, a bit toasty, nice finish. Can get slightly intense. I approve. Marqués de Murrieta is one of the few Rioja bodegas left who still age white wine in oak barrels.
I am not much of a red wine person. But the Dalmau 2007, a blend of mostly Tempranillo left a strong impression. Rich, full-bodied with a velvety nose, toasty from being aged in French oak barrels. This is characteristically Spanish wine.
I hope you get to try these at La Bodega. I mean, I hope that they have included Murrieta wines into their list! You’re right, I don’t know what went on because I had to leave early.
You can learn more about Marques de Murrieta wines at their website: www.marquesdemurrieta.com.