“Murrieta’s Reserva bottling is always up there with the best examples in the region, expressing vintage variation as well as terroir. The bodega reduced its crop in the vineyard to produce a wine with more concentration, marrying Tempranillo with 13% Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha and ageing it in 10% American wood. Pure, serious and refreshing with underlying elegance. 2021-30”.
94 points, Tim Atkins MW, Rioja Report 2020
“I also tasted an unbottled sample of the 2016 Rioja Reserva, which should be bottled in a couple of months, before the summer. What I tasted was the final blend, and it represents the year—2016 was a cooler year, and the wine also goes in that direction. 2016 saw a large crop, and the grapes for this cuvée were harvested at the end of September, going toward more finesse and subtleness, combined with the natural power. There was a change in the winery in 2016 that was finalized in 2018 with the new winery. The wine is textured and fine, and it’s more elegant than the 2015 I tasted next to it. The detail and texture on the palate is different, and the quality of the tannins is completely different. This should be released in early 2020. There will be almost 1.1 million bottles of this, which is remarkable, as they have managed to increase quality and quantity.”
(93-94) points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2019