"Top 100 Wines of 2019” (Wine Spectator)
DescriptionTangible proof of elegance, balance and constancy characteristic of the Marques de Murrieta Winery and its surrounding vineyards situated in the Ygay Estate, it is a red reserva wine with a balanced aging of two years 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 our identity and actuality. Marqués de Murrieta is more than a brand in the international market, it represents age-old wisdom expressed in one of the most recognized wines of Spain. With our daily work, respect and love for our land, the selection of the best grapes and the attention to detail throughout its almost four years of production, Marqués de Murrieta is a safe and constant value of the best quality.
Own vineyards: Grapes are sourced from our Ygay Estate: 300 hectares of vineyards surrounding the winery in the southernmost point of Rioja Alta. Altitude ranges from 320 to 485 meters above sea level.
Grape varieties: 80% Tempranillo, 12% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo, 2% Garnacha.
Manual Harvest: September 14 to October 16, 2015.
Winemaking: Grapes are first de-stemmed and then fermented in stainless Steel tanks for 8 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 colour and aroma extraction. Afterwards the solid parts of the grapes were are pressed in vertical presses with double screws.
Ageing process: The wine is aged for 18 months in 225 litre American oak barrels.
Pairing:Baked red snapper with grilled vegetables, white wine, apple, lime and rosemary; Cameros truffle with mushrooms, and cabbage with extra virgin olive oil; Milk-fed lamb chops with buttermilk, asparagus and red wine; Suckling pig confit with its crunchy skin and caramelized apple.
Serving suggestions: Recommended serving temperature: 15ºC- 16ºC (59-61ºF) to let the wine breathe and show its full aromatic potential.
PROENSA (SPAIN): 95 points.
TIM ATKIN (UK): 94 points.
ROBERT PARKER (USA): 93 points.
JAMES SUCKLING (USA): 93 points.
Vigorous palate that combines perfectly the fruity expression with a lively acidity and polished tannins that embraces it all, showing it harmonic and fluid.
“For this wine, we have tried to make the most of what as has happened during the vegetative cycle in our Finca Ygay, which is marked by its balance” María Vargas, Winemaker.