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.
Grape varieties: 86% Tempranillo, 14% Mazuelo.
Manual harvest: Tempranillo was harvested on the 27th of September and Mazuelo on October the 13th.
Wine making: Bunches are de-stemmed and gently crushed, before being racked into stainless steel vats. Fermentation takes around eleven days, during which we pump over and punch down the cap in order to extract aromas and poliphenols slowly and naturally.
Ageging process: 28 months in 225-litre oak barrels. We use French oak for Mazuelo and American for Tempranillo. The first 10 months in new barrels. Before bottling and just after the final blending, the wine settles in concrete vessels. The wine spends at least 3 years in bottle before release.
Pairing: Grilled beef meat, mushrooms, truffle-based dishes, game, etc.
Serving suggestions: We recommend decanting the wine for 20 minutes and serve at around 18º-19º C to let the wine breathe and show its full aromatic potential.
James Suckling (Usa): 98 points. The aromas of this show an amazing freshness of flwers and herbs such as lavender, rosemary, and violet. Then it goes to raspberry, candy and currants. Black licorice too. A truly great wine on the nose. Full-bodied, racy and linear. So polished. It’s like a red ruby. 86% tempranillo and 14% mazuelo in the blend. For release in September 2015. Great length and future. Give it three years or so. Or decant two hours in advance.
Wine Advocate - Parker (Usa): 95+ points. A worthy follow-up of the 2005, the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial will be released in late 2015. It’s a cold, rainy year, but because of that circumstance the wine is concentrated. This is still a baby, long and with depth and tannins that should melt in a couple of years. Compared with the 2005 it is fresher, perhaps not as concentrated, but for me the extra freshness compensates and puts it at a very similar quality level. And the rule of thumb is to wait at least ten years after the harvest to start uncorking any Castillo de Ygay. Cheap it is not, but very good value it is, for the quality it delivers. 110,000 bottles were produced. There will be no Castillo de Ygay in 2008, but there will be 2009, 2010 and 2011. That’s something exceptional to have three vintages in a row. - Luis Gutierrez.
Guía Peñín (Spain): 94 points.