2007 Marques de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Gran Reserva Especial Rioja SKU #1241823

$69.99

JS 98 RP 95 VN 92
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Marques de Murrieta was one of the two oldest, historical bodegas to put Rioja on the map in the mid-19th century (the other one was Marqués de Riscal). It is also an estate wine with fruit coming from various parcels on their property just outside of Logroño. This gran reserva is marked by a healthy proportion of Mazuelo (around 7%) which thrives in this slightly warmer, drier area just outside of Logroño. Always a fantastic wine, truly one of the great Gran Reservas, it reaches a whole new level in this 2007 vintage, a year which was rather damp and cool in much of Rioja Alta, but just about perfect down river by the Ygay property.

Staff Reviews

  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    2/24/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    A composition of 86/14 Tempranillo/Mazuelo, this young Rioja has a long life ahead of it. Don't get me wrong, the wine is showing exquisitely well already, but your patience will pay off if you can keep your hands off of it for another 5-8 years. It's woody, spicy and deliciously dark fruited. This wine has a delightfully youthful nose of coconut meat, vanilla, dark berries and black currant. A great wine that will only get better.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    2/24/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This starts out with complex aromas of cedar, tar, earth, leather and spice. The mid-palate is dark and concentrated with layers of smoky black cherry and jammy raspberry fruit. This thick, lively and fresh wine is still a baby and though already delicious will be much better in 5 years.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    2/24/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    I always have a soft spot for this wine. The first Rioja that I ever purchased to put into my cellar was the 1989. The '07 is my favorite release since the '94. What makes this wine stand out for me is the balance, on every level. The aromatics carry fruit, spice, something floral and the right amount of oak. This is not as powerfully built as some of the more recent releases, it dances on the palate with fresh dark and sour red fruits gliding over polished tannins and playing with integrated oak spice and plenty of earth. The finish just goes and goes. Drink it tonight but put a couple of bottles away, I'll be checking in with this wine again in about 10 years.
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    2/24/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Such beautifully composed wine, every facet fits perfectly in place to create a beautiful wine. Up front notes of cassis and wild cherry, coupled with damp earth and a kiss of oak richness. Giving way to a palate that strikes in impeccable balance between fruit and structure. A Supple but firm tannic structure gives the perfect frame work for fruit that is weighty without being sappy. The wood is seamlessly integrated into the wine, practically effortless. For those of you who are familiar with our direct imports, this wine fits right between the more rustic Lesmos and the more modern Merino wines.
  • Sarah Covey
    By: Sarah Covey
    2/24/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Elegant and refined, this Gran Reserva is like a cross between juicy modern and rustic traditional styles of Rioja, which is unusual for a normally more flashy Murrieta. Crunchy red plum, dried cherry, cassis and spice, with very nicely integrating oak- this wine is juuuuuust thinking about starting to develop the classic leathery, savory character of Gran Reserva Rioja. If you are looking for a way to explore the wines of Spain, but are not quite sure where to start, this wine would be a great buy!
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    2/21/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Delicate floral nose with surprisingly bright cherry through the palate and bigger berry fruit on the finish, 2007 Ygay presents a more linear style for the typically fruit-driven Murrieta. There’s the oak and licorice that you’d expect from a Gran Reserva, but this is a leaner offering due to the colder, rainy vintage, an aspect that I think actually serves Tempranillo well. Castillo Ygay is beautifully smooth and only gets better with air.

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