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2005 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Marqués de Murrieta, Rioja, La Rioja, Spain

In Bond case price:
£450.00
Country Spain
Region La Rioja
Appellation Rioja
Producer Marqués de Murrieta
Vintage 2005
Type Red (Dry)
Grape Variety Tempranillo Blend
ABV 14.0%
Format 6x75cl
Packaging Original Wood Case
Duty Status In Bond
Provenance Purchased by Liquid Assets on release from a UK-based merchant; securely stored in a climate-controlled bonded facility
Availability 8 cases

96 Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate (December 2013)

The 2005 Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, a classic among classics, is back in top form with the excellent 2005 vintage. It’s produced from a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Mazuelo (aka Carinena), a difficult grape that is in high esteem at the winery (they exceptionally produced a varietal Mazuelo in 2000 to celebrate their 150th anniversary) as they consider it adds acidity and aging potential to the blend and has been selected specifically to make part of the flagship wine’s blend. In 2005, the Tempranillo was harvested on September 30, the Mazuelo on October 3, and fermented separately in stainless steel vats.

The Tempranillo ages in American oak barrels and the Mazuelo in French ones, both for a period of 30 months. The wine matures for a further two years in bottle before being released. It’s extremely backward and tight, showing very young, with a balanced nose between spice, tertiary and cherry fruit aromas. It’s a powerful, still young vintage, with plenty of glycerin, body, round tannins. An austere wine (is it the Mazuelo?), it is complex and ever-changing in the palate. It has a sense of harmony that only the best wines have. Very long and elegant. I loved its serious and austere overall feeling. 100,000 bottles produced. This is a true vin de garde which develops complex notes of violet and meat with time in the glass. This is a Gran Reserva greatly marked by the Mazuelo, which should give it great ability to age. At this quality level it represents very good value. Drink 2014-2030.

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