A bottle of Murrieta Reserva Rioja

2017 marqués de murrieta “finca ygay” reserva rioja


96 Points James Suckling/94 Points Decanter/92 POINTS, #91 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100 WINES OF 2021!

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96 Points James Suckling/94 Points Decanter/92 POINTS, #91 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100 WINES OF 2021!

Marqués de Murrieta is named after Luciano de Murrieta, one of the founding fathers of modern Rioja winemaking, who established the estate in 1852 in the world-renowned Rioja region of Spain. The Rioja region is located in Northern Spain on both banks of the Ebro River, providing exceptional natural conditions for the cultivation of vineyards. Today, Murrieta is the largest continuous single estate in the region. It is still comparatively rare for a top Rioja producer, especially one of a certain size, to produce wine only from its estate-grown grapes.

Tangible proof of elegance, balance and constancy characteristic of the winery and its surrounding vineyards situated in the Ygay Estate, this is a red reserva wine with a balanced aging of 16 months in new and partly new American oak barrels and a year and a half in bottle. The result is an elegant wine that combines complexity and fineness, summing up the best attributes of Marqués de Murrieta’s identity and actuality.

Grapes are first de-stemmed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks for eight days at controlled temperature in constant skin contact. During fermentation, pumping over and punching down operations are regularly carried out. These processes ensure both effective and gentle color and aroma extraction. Afterwards, the solid parts of the grapes are pressed in vertical presses with double screws.

In scoring this wine a 96 Points, James Suckling said, “Incredible depth and intensity on the nose with chocolate, walnut, blackberry and wet-earth aromas. Some iodine, too. All this follows through to a full body with very silky tannins that give the wine depth and length. It’s really framed beautifully. Reserved and tight at the finish. A terrific wine for the cellar. Give this three to five years to open.”

Wine Enthusiast Scores this wine a 91 Points, and ranks it as the #91 in the top 100 wines of 2021, stating, “Lightly baked and leathery berry aromas are subtle. This wine is racy and clipping on the palate, with popping acidity. Spiced plum and cherry flavors are backed by oaky vanilla prior to a persistent finish with classic Rioja notes of oak, tomato and bright acidity. Drink now–2030.”

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Weight 6 lbs


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