Marques de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Rioja Reserva 2015 (Rioja, Spain) - [WS 92,

Marques de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Rioja Reserva 2015
(Rioja, Spain) - [WS 92, #40 Top 100 of 2019] [RP 93] [JS 93] [WE 90]

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About the Winery: 
The story of the Marqués de Murrieta winery is inextricably intertwined with the history of Rioja wine. The winery's founder, the Marqués de Murrieta, imported production techniques into Spain from Bordeaux. In 1852 he produced his first wine in Logroño, moving into the Ygay Estate in the late 1870s. Located at the heart of La Rioja, the estate is home to Ygay Castle, headquarters of the Marqués de Murrieta wineries. The castle is surrounded by 300 hectares of vineyards. The Reserva is made from 80% Tempranillo, 12% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo, 2% Garnacha, aged two years in new and partly new 225 litre American oak barrels then another 18 months in bottle before release.

Notes from the Winemaker:
The Marques de Murrieta Red Reserva pairs well with red meats and cured ham as well as grilled fish and dishes with rich sauces. We recommend you decant the wine half an hour before serving it at 16º to 18º C.

The personality and style of the vineyards located between 420 meters to 500 meters above sea level of our 741-acre (300-hectare) Ygay Estate are expressed in a single wine. Made from Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo, this wine embodies ripe fruit qualities with a perfect balance of acidity and supple roundness on the palate, and a hint of new oak. Our Red Reserva is a traditional Rioja with the classic Murrieta signature and enjoys all the benefits of modern winemaking philosophy, equipment and techniques.

The grapes were first de-stemmed and then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for eight to 11 days with constant skin contact at 25º C. During fermentation the wine was both pumped over the cap of grape skins at the top of the tank (remontage) and the cap was pressed into the fermenting wine every second day (pigeage). Both those processes ensured maximum color and aroma without producing excessive tannin. Afterwards the solid parts of the grapes were pressed in vertical wooden presses with double screws. That process is a smooth and slow treatment that favors the extraction of the color and tannins that reside in the skin of the grapes.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The red blend 2015 Rioja Reserva is 80% Tempranillo with 12% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo and 2% Garnacha, a little more Graciano and Mazuelo, something logical in ripe and warm years like 2015. It's produced with grapes from a diversity of the 30 different plots within the estate, to represent the character of if. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in American oak barrels for 18 months. It's spicy and somewhat balsamic, with some dusty tannins." - Luis Gutierrez (Jun 2019)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"So fresh and elegant with more than enough concentration and structure, this is a fine example of a 2015 Reserva. Ripe-blackberry, licorice, smoke and bourbon notes. I love the velvety texture of the long, intense finish. Better from 2019 and with long aging potential." (Aug, 2018)

92 Points & #40 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Cedar, tobacco, dried cherry and spice flavors mingle in this red. Features a polished texture, with well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity. Supple, harmonious and graceful. Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025. 100,000 cases made, 9,067 cases imported." - TM (Sept 2019)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Soft, earthy berry and plum aromas are full and ripe but short on the complexity that this is capable of showing. A medium-full palate is in good shape, while dark plum, berry and raisin flavors are confirmed on a steady, ripe and fruit-driven finish." - Michael Schachner (9/1/2019)