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2004 Miguel Angel Muro Rioja 'Amenital'
Single Bottles (75cl) @ £18.00
Cases (6 bottles) @ £108.00
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Tasting Notes:
Red, with touches of purple. Lively, with red fruits, citrus, and liquorice. Average intensity: as it ages, this will increase. Young but with a great future ahead. The palate is pleasant, warm, and very fruity from red fruits to raisins with lively tannin. See blog.
Drinking Dates:
2009 to 2018
85% Tempranillo,15% Macabeo
The grapes ferment on the whole bunch for 12 days, including maceration, at a temperature no higher than 30ºC. Then they are pressed and finally undergo malolactic fermentation for 10 days. The wine spends 14 months in barrel which entitles it to Reserva status but Miguel Angel prefers to market the wine in the modern way, eschewing such designations.
Critic Reviews:
"2004 is a classic vintage for Rioja: dark, ripe, rather closed in, promising long life. Well, this is dark but it isn't brooding and introspective. The fruit's darkness is the darkness of real ripeness, so ripe that a heady plum blossom scent shimmers on the surface of the wine. It does have some tannic toughness but not nearly enough to interfere with the pleasure and it's the fruit acidity that provides the backbone to the wine. You don't usually get that tingling acidity in modern Rioja but here they've used 20% of the Graciano grape in the blend (along with the traditional Tempranillo) to provide vivacity and verve. The acidity keeps the wine fresh while the waxy texture and mellow vanilla warmth wrap around the fruit and ooze over your palate". (Oz Clarke's 250 Best Wines, 2011 edition)
White and red meats, smoked fish, pasta, cheese...

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