Saturday, March 21, 2009

2000 Marques de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Reserva Rioja Spain

2000 Marques de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Reserva Rioja Spain
Suggested retail price $39-$44
Distributed by Empire wine Merchants in NYC

Murrieta is a classic winery from the even more classic and recognized Rioja region in Spain.

Their 2004 Marques de Murrieta Reserva is delightful, dense, earthy, with ripe dark fruit, excellent texture and very good tannin structure. It is, somewhat, a wine with one foot in the classic way and one foot in the more modern way.

2004, in Rioja, was in my opinion a fantastic vintage that offers lot of ripe fruit and richness and that will surely develop nicely for quite a few years. Most 2004 wines that I tasted were young and promising, but very enjoyable after 20 minutes of decantation.

2001, in Rioja, remains, for me, a reference in terms of quality, depth, complexity, strength and elegance. Most 2001 that I tasted were (for most of them) quite exceptional, especially for the more classic wineries but also for the newer style wineries.

Here are some of my favorites Rioja's winery: Marques de Riscal, Bodegas Riojanas, Muga, CVNE, Lopez de Heredia, La Rioja Alta, Palacios Remondo, Bodegas Roda, Fernando Remirez de Ganuza, San Vicente, Sierra Cantabria, Contino...(and a few more...).

However, let's come back to Marques de Murrieta. Their 2000 "Castillo Ygay", a special cuvée like a reserva or grand reserva style, is dense and smooth, complex, rich, balanced and very subtle. The robe has orange taint on the rime, sign of a little bit of age, but nothing wrong for a 2000 vintage. Ripe red cherry, oak, spice, mushroom, forest floor and floral aromas resume the nose. On the palate, it expresses flavors of dark berry and red cherry intermingled with hints of spice, earth and forest floor with integrated vanilla oak touch. The elegant mid-palate has a great acidity elevating the juiciness of the fruit and carrying it until the long-lasting dry finish.

Lovely wine!


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