La Bodega recently hosted a wine appreciation night, with the Marqus de Murrieta Vineyard wines, one of the oldest bodegas in La Rioja Wine Region, established in 1852.
The wines we tried, paired with La Bodega’s tapas included the :
1. Capellanía Blanco Reserva 2008
2. Capellanía Blanco Reserva 2009
3. Pazo Barantes Albariño 2012
4. Marques de Murrieta Reserva 2008
5. Marques de Murrieta Limited Edition Gran Reserva 2008
6. Dalmau 2007
Murrieta is known for being one of the most traditional wineries in the region, with the wines spending longer than average time in oak, and noted for their acidity.
Marques de Murrieta ‘Capellanía’ Reserva Branco 2008 & 2009 Rioja
Marques de Murrieta Limited Edition Gran Reserva 2008
This Reserva did a great job of getting under my skin – it was spicy, with big fruit flavours. Definitely a more structured wine with high acidity and tanins. Great one to be paired with steak.
Marques de Murrieta Dalmau 2007 Rioja
This was the most oaky red of the lot. This wine spent a year in all-new French oak, and there was a 10% Cabernet added for good measure. Definitely a modern Rioja.
For dinner, the hungry guests feasted on Paella Valenciana Mixta Spanish rice cooked in a huge paella pan with prawns, chicken, mussels, and clams with saffron, peppers and peas; Croquetas – an assortment of Cod fish, chicken and mushroom served with chili mayonnaise; Almejas con Manzanilla Fresh clams cooked in wine and chilli Pinchos Morunos Marinated chicken on toast with garlic mayonnaise and Calamares Fritos – Deep-fried fresh squids served with garlic mayonnaise.
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