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: 74% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Graciano.
Manual harvest in boxes: The Tempranillo was picked on September the 29th, the Cabernet on October the 5th and the Graciano on September 28th.
Vinification: Grapes are first carefully de-stemmed and then fermented both in a temperature controlled, stainless steel tank and a wooden vat for 13 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: 20 months in 225 liter new French oak barrels and 12 months in bottle before release.
Bottling date: 5th July, 2012.
Number of bottles: 22,461 (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.
Gourmets wine guide (spain): 9,5/10. Best Red Reserva of Spain.“Tireless traveller, V. Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell has kept his family winery at the top while being able to revitalize his single estate wines’ project. Dalmau wine is a pleasure for all senses”.
Proensa wine guide (spain): 98 points. Best 2009 Reserva of Spain. “Outstanding Rioja wine that boasts opulence and nerve with an awesome harmony. It has a profound nose, full of many diverse nuances. Intense and balance in the mouth, fleshy, solid without being sharp, savory, expressive and long” by A. Proensa.
El País newspaper - Anuario de Vinos (spain): 97 points. “Singularity and greatness that stands out on its own. Exceptional wine that deserves to be lifted to the podium of the best wines of Spain. A singular wine which is an accurate reflection of its terroir. A master piece by the winemaker María Vargas”.
Peñín wine guide (spain): 96 points. Best 2009 Reserva of Spain. “Exceptional wine. It excels among those of a similar type, vintage and region. It is extremely impressive in every sense. It is elegant and out of the ordinary” by J. Peñín.
Repsol wine guide (spain): 96 points. The 10 Top Rioja wines. “Elegant bright and deep garnet dress. On the nose it is powerful, expresive, intense and complex. It has lots of black fruit notes with a spicy depth (...). On the palate it boasts an excellent mouth sensation and movement, savory, structured and balanced. Flavourful and persistent aftertaste”.