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Bodegas Vinae Mureri

Murero 2005

Price: $35.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Bodegas Vinae Mureri
Vintage Year: 2005
Highest Rating: 91pts ( International Wine Cellar)
Country: Spain
Region: Aragón
Appellation: Vino de la Tierra Ribera del Jiloca


100% Garnacha from ungrafted indigenous clones grown on steep slate slopes over 3000 feet in elevation. Densely structured with a firm mineral backbone. Aged 18 months in barriques of French, American and Hungarian oak.

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Murero (2005) - "Opaque ruby.  Aromas and flavors of red and dark berry preserves, rose pastille, star anise and vanilla, with a bright mineral topnote.  Juicy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors show excellent depth and energy, with gentle acidity adding lift and focus.  The red fruit quality dominates the finish, which shows impressive clarity and length."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Murero (2005) - "This opaque and midnight blue colored Spanish Grenache opens with a rum cake and raisin like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty old oak infused black plum with notes of raisin and boysenberry. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are very dusty and stick around for quite some time. This wine is very old school and won't be for everyone. I would pair it in the near term with roasted duck breast. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jan 1, 2013

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Murero (2004) - "Bright red. Explosive, floral bouquet of ripe strawberry, raspberry, mocha and vanilla bean. A big mouthful of sweet fruit with no sign of earth or game notes, just a luscious array of red berries and a brightening mineral note. Juicy, fresh and long on the back, with a compelling sappy quality. This is gorgeous. "

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2006

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Overview: In 2001, José Antonio Martín returned to his remote birthplace with the goal of recuperating the ancient Garnacha vines on the slate hillsides of Jiloca’s Pago de la Moratilla — reputedly the birthplace of the variety. Altitudes well over 3000 feet, extreme vine age, scant yields and careful fruit handling maximize complexity and ageworthiness.

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History: José Antonio Martín was born and raised in the high, remote Jiloca River Valley, and fondly recalls a youth spent among the vineyards of his forefathers in Murero's Pago de la Moratilla. Returning later in life with friends including noted Spanish wine authorities, the latent treasure of the area's nearly forgotten old Garnacha vines was clear. In 2001, a partnership was formed to recuperate the old vines of the family estate and gradually acquire additional plots of old vines from local growers looking to retire. A new bodega was finished in time for the début 2003 harvest.

Ribera del Jiloca is the highest growing region in Zaragoza province, located in the mountainous geographic center of the region of Aragón. Vineyard elevations range between 2900 and 4000 feet, and the slopes consist primarily of exposed slate, with important Cambrian fossil deposits of trilobytes murerienses. Climate is Continental with mild Mediterranean influence, and it is widely thought that the Garnacha variety originated here.

Approximately 85 acres are currently in production, with an average age approaching 80 years and yields averaging less than 700 pounds (1/3 ton!) per acre. All vineyard labor is done manually due to the inaccessible slopes.

Production of approximately 60,000 bottles is divided between unoaked and oak aged wines. Barrels are a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak. Firm and muscular with gripping tannins balanced by low-yield fruit concentration and pronounced minerality, these are unique Garnachas with special appeal to those who normally prefer the denser structure and bright fruit of Cabernet or Syrah.

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