2009 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja

2009 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja

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2009 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja


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Marques de Murrieta is one of the old, storied bodegas of Rioja and they have just been getting better and better over the last decade or so.  This is classic Rioja that is drinking now, but will last decades.

"Marques de Murrieta didn't produce their top red in 2008, so I tasted the 2009 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial. In 2009, the final blend was Tempranillo with 19% Mazuelo (or Carinena), one of the highest percentages of Mazuelo ever. The grapes are now sourced from the La Plana vineyard within the Ygay estate, one of the higher-altitude plots at 485 meters. The grapes fermented and aged separately, the Tempranillo in American oak barrels and the Mazuelo in French barriques for 26 months, given its power. It has that seriousness, character and somehow rusticity of the Mazuelo, austere, harmonious and still young. It has good depth and concentration, still young and lively with fine tannins and a backbone of freshness that lifts it up. It will develop for a very long time in bottle. This is a great classical Rioja for the long haul." 96 pts Luis Gutierrez Wine Advocate

"A special Rioja thatí's traditional, but not old-fashioned. Dusty, licorice and spice nose with red fruit. A cool and elegant wine, in spite of the concentration. Long, firm finish. Expands with aeration. From vines planted in 1945. Drink or hold" 95 points James Suckling

"Black cherry, plum, clove, cocoa and mineral flavors are rich and harmonious in this polished red. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity keep this balanced. Shows focus and depth, but remains very fresh. Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2024." Wine Spectator


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96 points The Wine Advocate
95 points James Suckling
94 points Wine Spectator