DESCRIPTION

The result of many years of experience, a renowned historic label. An icon of the Rioja Grandes Reservas of total quality and excellence. Exclusively produced with the best years of our best single vineyard, matured for two and a half years in American oak barrels and three years in bottle that give this wine a new depth, complexity and vivacity. Living legend of Rioja which has survived three centuries, destined to break records for its surprising vivacity of intense cherry colour which gives an amazing complexity. Its nose exhibits an aromatic intensity which seduces us with its red fruits, floral notes of truffles, incense and spicy touches. It caresses the palate with a satin texture. A Gran Reserva that shows strength, elegant bouquet, fruity intensity and impeccable balance.

WINE SHEET

Own single vineyard: An old single vineyard called La Plana located at 485 meters altitude within our 300 hectare Ygay Estate surrounding the winery in the southern point of Rioja Alta wine area. It is exclusively elaborated to be a gran reserva in the excellent quality vintages.

Grape varieties: 93% Tempranillo, 7% Mazuelo.

Manual harvest: Tempranillo was hand harvested on October 15th, 16th and 17th. Mazuelo was hand harvested on October the 11th.

Vinification: Grapes are first carefully de-stemmed, squeezed and then fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks for 11 days, with daily “remontage” and “pigeage” processes which help its wine to develop its own personality. Both these processes ensure maximum colour and aroma, without producing excessive tannins.

Ageging process: 29 month in 225 litter American oak barrels, with at least 10 months in new oak, and 36 months in bottle before release.

Pairing: All kinds of red meats, game, ibericos and cured chesses.

Consimtion Temperature: 18º - 19ºC.

Decanting: We recommend to let it breathe for some minutes before consumption.

SCORES CASTILLO YGAY 2004

Todovino wine guide (spain): 96 points. Mythical wine. Top 100 Wines of the World. “Gran Reserva par excellence, first in elegance and finesse”.

Proensa wine guide (spain): 96 points Best Spanish Gran Reserva, by A. Proensa.

Peñín wine guide (spain): 95 points. Best Spanish Gran Reserva. “Exceptional Wine. It excels among those of a similar type, vintage and region. It is extremely impressive in every sense. It’s elegant and out of the ordinary” by J. Peñín.

El País newspaper (spain): 9,6/10 points. Best Spanish Gran Reserva. “A lifelong excellent Gran Reserva” by C. Delgado.

Wine advocate (usa): 95 points. “It is a fragrant, enticing, already complex offering that will continue to evolve in the bottle. Rich, savoury, ripe, and beautifully balanced” by R. Parker.

Wine & spirits (usa): 93 points. Best Rioja Wines 2012· “A formidable Gran Reserva, this has the grace and dynamism of great Rioja, powerful without weight. The tannins are precise. Long and complex” by J. Greene.

International wine cellar (usa): 92 points. “Delicious, depth and elegant” by S. Tanzer.

Wine Enthusiast (usa): 91 points. “Very elegant” by M. S.