DescriptionA wine of limited production from an old single vineyard where very low yields are grown. It reflects a much more modern facet of Marques de Murrieta, a rigorous selection of the grapes, meticulous extraction and aging in new French oak barrels for a year and a half give this wine a harmonious and intense character. Dalmau is a limited production wine, full of shades and intensity, which shows the most modern side of our winery. It has a complex and velvety nose, with an explosion of aromas of wild fruits, dark chocolate and mineral notes, elegantly combined with the creamy toasting of its ageing in the new French oak barrels. An elegant and extraordinary wine which impresses in every way, with body and harmony, of magnificent balance which creates a powerful wine.
Own single vineyard: A selection of the best fruit available at selected vintages from our sixty year-old single vineyard called Canajas plot. It is located at 465 meters altitude within our 300 hectare Ygay Estate surrounding our winery in the southern point of Rioja Alta wine area. Special green techniques -crop thinning- are carried out for the pursuit of fresh concentration and complexity.
Grape varieties: 85% Tempranillo, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Graciano.
Manual harvest in boxes: The Tempranillo was picked on September the 28th, the Cabernet on September the 29th and the Graciano on October the 13th.
Vinification: Grapes are first carefully de-stemmed and then fermented both in a temperature controlled, stainless steel tank and a wooden vat for 11 days, with daily “remontage” and “delestage” processes, in order to obtain full potential of the perfect condition grapes. While Tempranillo ferments in a stainless steel deposit, Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano ferment individually in a wooden vat. The grapes are vinified separately to keep their peculiarities intact.
Ageging process: 21 months in 225 liternew French oak barrels and 12 months in bottle before release.
Bottling date: November 2010.
Number of bottles: 19,291 (75 cl.) and 239 (150 cl.).
Pairing: All red meats, roasts and game. Excellent also with cheeses.
Consimtion Temperature: 16º - 18ºC.
Decanting: We recommend to let it breathe for some minutes before consumption.
Proensa wine guide (spain): 98 points. Best 2007 Reserva from Rioja Alta wine area. “Strength and finesse. This wine is elegant and long, fresh with muscle, fine tannins and savoury” by A. Proensa.
Peñín wine guide (spain): 97 points “On the podium of the Best Spanish Wines. Exceptional wine. It is in every sense extraordinary, full of complexity, (...), elegant and utterly outstanding” by J. Peñín.
Repsol wine guide (spain): 96 points. On the Honor roll of the Best Spanish Wines. Top 10 Best Rioja Wines. “An endless excellent wine”.
Todovino wine guide (spain): 95 points. Best 2007 Spanish Reserva. “An exceptional wine”.
Wine Advocate (usa): 93 points. “Outstanding wine.On the palate it displays considerable complexity. Savory, ripe, layered, and long” by R. Parker.
Wine Enthusiast (usa): 93 points. “Concentrated to the max, with aromas of coconut, charcol, mint leaf and black fruit. The palate is juvenile, full and warm, and it delivers a lot of meaty black fruit, liquorice and baking-spice flavours” by M. Ss.
Wine spectator (usa): 92 points. “Plush, modern red. Rich with raspberry and blackberry fruit garnish with chocolate and spice and a lingering finish. Offers fresh acidity and well-integrated tannins” by T. Matthews.