2016 was a cooler year, and the wine also goes in that direction. 2016 saw a large crop, and the grapes for this cuvée were harvested at the end of September, going toward more finesse and subtleness, combined with the natural power. There was a change in the winery in 2016 that was finalized in 2018 with the new winery. The wine is textured and fine, and it's more elegant than the 2015 I tasted next to it. The detail and texture on the palate is different, and the quality of the tannins is completely different. This should be released in early 2020. 94/100 RP
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