39. Rioja Gran Reserva Especial, Marqués de Murietta

Castillo Ygay, Spain 2010
  • £58.00
A Rioja Reserva that never disappoints and the 2010  Gran Reserva is no exception, with the vintage being considered excellent across the region as a whole. Intense, spicy berry fruit on the nose entwined with sweet vanilla and fresh tobacco. The palate is full-bodied yet balanced and elegant with warming, toasty oak flavours. (Walter Hicks)   Grapes are sourced from our Ygay Estate: 300 hectares of vineyards surrounding the winery in the southernmost point of Rioja Alta. Altitude ranges from 320 to 485 meters above sea level. Grape varieties: 93% Tempranillo, 4% Mazuelo, 2% Graciano, 1% Garnacha Tinta. The wine is aged for 21 months in 225 l American oak barrels, at least eight months in new wood. It then spends around 24 months in the bottle before release. We recommend pouring or decanting the wine for 20 minutes and serve it at around 16º-18º C to let the wine breathe and show its full aromatic potential.  www.marquesdemurietta.com   An aged Rioja Reserva never disappoints me and is my default wine choice; this Ygay Gran Reserva is  an outstanding example, and will age well for years to come. (Rupert Brendon) Wine Critics: James Suckling (USA): 94 points. "Fabulous aromas of crushed berry and dark fruits with walnuts, hazelnuts, and ginger. Cinnamon and honey melon too. Full-bodied, very tight and firm. Linear backbone of fruit and tannins. Very long and racy. 22 months in American oak (six months new and then racked into used). Beautiful now but needs another two or three years to soften. A triumph." Wine Advocate - Parker (USA): 93 points. There is gob-smacking precision and elegance here. It’s a pure wine with no oak that is super harmonious, floral and fragrant. I simply fell in love with the nose. Now onto the palate. The entry is really fluid, and then it explodes in your mouth, filling it along a thread of fine acidity making it long and tasty. It has the same astonishing purity and harmony, focus and precision found in the nose. This has to be the best Reserva from Murrieta in recent times. Bravo! One million bottles produced, but all the wine is one single lot and all the bottles you can find are exactly the same just they are bottled continuously for four months. Mind boggling quality for the price asked.-- Luis Gutierrez