Wine Region: Rioja, Spain
Grapes: Tempranillo, Mazuelo
A living legend of Rioja, which has survived three centuries, destined to break records for its surprising vivacity of intense cherry color which gives an amazing complexity. Its nose exhibits an aromatic intensity which seduces us with its red fruits, floral notes of truffles, incense and spicy touches. It caresses the palate with satin texture. A Gran Reserva that shows strength, elegant bouquet, fruity intensity and impeccable balance.
James Suckling 98 pts -Â The aromas of this show an amazing freshness of flowers and herbs such as lavender, rosemary, and violet. Then it goes to raspberry, candy and currants. Black licorice too. A truly great wine on the nose. Full-bodied, racy and linear. So polished. It's like a red ruby. 86% tempranillo and 14% mazuelo in the blend. For release in September 2015. Great length and future. Give it three years or so. Or decant two hours in advance.
Robert Parker 95 pts -Â A worthy follow-up of the 2007, the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial will be released in late 2015. This is a cuvÃ©e of mostly Tempranillo with the balance of Mazuelo (CariÃ±ena), a very important grape for Castillo de Ygay in percentages that vary depending on the vintage, and it's almost 15% in 2007. 2007 was not an easy vintage and in Ygay they had a terrible mildew attack and they lost 50% of the bunches. It's a cold, rainy year, but because of that circumstance the wine is concentrated.
Wine Spectator 92 pts -Â Lively and graceful, offering bright cherry, vanilla, clove and tobacco flavors that mingle harmoniously over well-integrated tannins, this red is not muscular but focused and expressive, balanced and long. Drink now through 2022. 905 cases imported.
Wine Enthusiast 90 pts -Â Jammy, lightly baked aromas of blackberry and raisin rank as sweet. Hailing from a weak vintage, this feels chunky and raisiny. Flavors of stewed plum and prune follow the lead set by the nose, while this finishes chewy, with spice notes and moderate complexity.
About the Winery
Marques de Murrieta´s foundation is linked to the origins of the Rioja wines since Luciano Murrieta produced in 1852 the first Rioja wine and was also the first one to export his wines. Luciano, appointed Marquis by the King Amadeo of Savoy thanks to his work in Rioja, travelled to Bordeaux to learn the winemaking techniques that he introduced later in Spain. He established the concept of a chateau in the Ygay Estate where he built the emblematic Ygay Castle.
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