The red blend 2015 Rioja Reserva is 80% Tempranillo with 12% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo and 2% Garnacha, a little more Graciano and Mazuelo, something logical in ripe and warm years like 2015. It's produced with grapes from a diversity of the 30 different plots within the estate, to represent the character of if. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in American oak barrels for 18 months. It's spicy and somewhat balsamic, with some dusty tannins. It's a ripe and powerful vintage that only suffers next to the 2016 I tasted next to it when there's a jump in precision and finesse. 93/100 RP – 94/100 Tim Atkin MW
Producer Information: Marques de Murrieta
Established in 1852 Murrieta was one of the first Rioja Houses and is the oldest family owned estate in Rioja.
Luciano Francisco Ramón de Murrieta one of the founding fathers of modern Rioja winemaking drawing on his experiences in France, felt that to make the best wines in the world the grapes needed to come from a single estate, which guaranteed complete control over the grapes. Luciano was a leader in using French techniques to develop greater complexity and longevity from Tempranillo
Today the Ygay Estate near Logroño in Rioja Alta covers 300 hectares. The vineyards are divided into several smaller plots, including the single vineyards of Capellanía, Canajas (from which the grapes for Dalmau hail, including a small plot of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon) and La Plana, the home of the esteemed Castillo Ygay
The philosophy is one of quality, with low yields in the vineyard and limited production in the winery