Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2009

$99.99

96 Point Rioja                                                     One of Rioja's finest reds from Marques de Murrieta, the Castillo Ygay Grand Reserve Rioja is a beautiful wine - limited. 96 Points Robert Parker: "In 2009, the final blend was Tempranillo with 19% Mazuelo (or Cariñena), 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." 95 Points Wines & Spirits: "The vines on the La Plana plateau, the highest point of the estate, at 1,600 feet in elevation, were 60 years old when faced with the heat of the 2009 vintage. The majority of this wine is tempranillo, harvested at the end of September; 19 percent of the blend is mazuelo (carignan), harvested a week later. The wine has the richness of the vintage while the fruit holds its freshness, with tart plum and strawberry notes helping to shape all the flavor concentration. It’s a fat wine with attitude, packing dense tannins that last for minutes and need a decade or more to be fully absorbed into the fruit. It’s supple, heady and delicious now, and significantly more complex with several days of air, as it will be with years of age.  (Dec 2018)" James Suckling 95 points - "TOP 100 SPANISH WINES OF 2018" #56: "A special Rioja that’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.  (Aug 2018)" Only the finest vintages from the 741-acre (300-hectare) Ygay Estate are used to make Castillo Ygay. This Gran Reserva Especial is made from Tempranillo and Mazuelo from vineyards located at 500 meters above sea level. Limited in production and sought after all over the world, it is the worthy choice for our emblematic Castillo Ygay label. The Cebrian-Sagarriga family, who in 1983 acquired the Marques de Murrieta winery, established in 1852, has a distinct winemaking philosophy that is founded in the pursuit of quality and excellence through tradition and innovation.

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Ratings on Delectable

Andrew Lohse Delectable Pro

Drop dead gorgeous / a balance of dried and juicy red fruit with pronounced dill and blonde tobacco / nicely integrated oak, elegant structure

Drop dead gorgeous / a balance of dried and juicy red fruit with pronounced dill and blonde tobacco / nicely integrated oak, elegant structure

9.3

Gregory Fulchiero Delectable Pro

A baby

A baby

9.2

Evan Bienstock

Bold and oaky, but not sharp. Feels like this is on a nice aging trajectory. It will be nice to see this in 10yrs. Paired with chili dusted skirt steak, roasted potatoes and asparagus. Yes please.

Bold and oaky, but not sharp. Feels like this is on a nice aging trajectory. It will be nice to see this in 10yrs. Paired with chili dusted skirt steak, roasted potatoes and asparagus. Yes please.

9.3

Byron Fuller

More to come— blossomed with about two full hours in decanter.

More to come— blossomed with about two full hours in decanter.

9.0

Erin Kang

The type of wine id cheat on other wine for

The type of wine id cheat on other wine for

9.7

Sergio Schwarz

A touch of silk in the throat and a delight with spanish cheeses , pata negra ham, lomo and salami

A touch of silk in the throat and a delight with spanish cheeses , pata negra ham, lomo and salami

9.3

Patrick O Driscoll

Fantastic wine from Spain

Fantastic wine from Spain

9.2

Stanislav Lobanov

17/20 (92/100) Аромат с нотами крем де кассис, черничного джема, ментола, шоколада и копченостей. Довольно тельное с высокой, острой кислотностью и замшевыми танинами. Строгое, ягодное во вкусе. Заметная спиртуозность. (02.11.2019) #dfwe2019

17/20 (92/100) Аромат с нотами крем де кассис, черничного джема, ментола, шоколада и копченостей. Довольно тельное с высокой, острой кислотностью и замшевыми танинами. Строгое, ягодное во вкусе. Заметная спиртуозность. (02.11.2019) #dfwe2019

9.2

Michael Fiur

Madrid

Madrid

10

Narelle Burke

A beautiful Spanish wine...a gorgeous Rioja!

A beautiful Spanish wine...a gorgeous Rioja!

9.5

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