2015 Marques de Murrieta Reserva Finca Ygay (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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The birthplace of Rioja, where every vine is estate owned, Marques de Murrieta spans 750 acres across the majestic Ygay Estate. Generations of proud traditionalists have toiled the land here, identifying three dozen unique parcels, where terroir and topography contribute to the unique cuvees we've been enjoying for decades. The benchmark for value-priced Rioja, nothing competes with Murrieta's Reserva Finca Ygay. One of the perennially consistent Rioja producers. Another gem in 2015. One of their more limited, inspired and unique wines has got to be this – their bottling known as Capellanía, from a single, centenarian vineyard of extremely old vines. It's a white wine – with the depth and soul of their reds – which takes its staggering complexity from a year and a half in new French oak barrels followed by one year in bottle. The vineyard itself, which is the source of the wine as well as the name, is planted on a ridge, the highest elevation in the Ygay Estate, perched at 1,600 feet elevation. Planted to 100% old-vine Viura, this site is exclusively segregated for this monumental bottling. Fermentation is intentionally slow, painstaking, lasting 24 days in steel. The final aging – in 225-liter French oak barrels – will take much longer, 17 months to reach its zenith. I've consumed the world's greatest white wines across decades worth of vintages. If you have a taste for the finest, this should be in your collection.

93WA

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. This is by far the largest volume produced at Murrieta, with almost one million bottles.

93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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