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Marques de Murrieta Rioja Riserva 2017

$30.00

Marques de Murrieta is one of the big players in Rioja these days. The winery is named after one of the founding fathers of modern day Rioja, Luciano de Murrieta, who established this great estate back in 1852. The estate is home to an enormous, 300-hectare vineyard that allows the winery to make their full portfolio of wines with 100% estate fruit. That gives them a competitive advantage over their competitors as it allows them complete control over each part of the growing process.

Marques de Murrieta also makes ‘Ygay’ only in exceptional vintages. The oft 100-point wine showcases the complete capabilities of this winery, and also cements their spot as one of the best wineries in all of Spain.

While the Ygay is just for special vintages, the ‘Rioja Riserva’ acts as the winery’s flagship bottling. It’s a Big Red for sure, but is tightly wound up with chewy tannins that suggest that we’re only just starting to scratch the surface for this wine.

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95 Points, James Suckling
Beautifully perfumed with dried flowers, walnuts and violets to the dark berries on the nose. Full-bodied, yet very tight and refined with creamy, chewy tannins that are polished and poised. A lively, finely crafted red. Nice to drink now, but shows excellent potential for the future.

93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The red 2017 Rioja Reserva is their flagship wine exclusively from grapes from their 300 hectares of estate vineyards. It’s a blend of 83% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo (Cariñena) and 2% Garnacha and has the character of the vintage, ripe and warm but without excess. The varieties fermented separately, even different plots fermented separately, and they also aged in barrel on their own. The blend is done at the end, after 20 months in American oak barrels. 2017 was a challenging year that they still consider a better vintage than 2018, as they see more concentration and power. The wine is quite lactic and creamy, still showing very young. It does feel undeveloped and in need of some time in the bottle. The wine has concentration and clout, and I always consider it an ultimate example of an updated classical Reserva from Rioja. 2017 was the earliest harvest (started and finished in September), a warm and dry year when the Ygay estate miraculously escaped the terrible frost that decimated most of Europe. The challenge for this wine was to contain the ripeness and power, and they have done it. This is always a sure value. Volumes are lower this year.

92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Lightly baked and leathery berry aromas are subtle. This wine is racy and clipping on the palate, with popping acidity. Spiced plum and cherry flavors are backed by oaky vanilla prior to a persistent finish with classic Rioja notes of oak, tomato and bright acidity.

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