Marqués de Murrieta Gran Reserva Limited Edition
January 2019, Tom Matthews
“Spice and vanilla aromas give way to cherry and berry flavors in this silky red. Light, well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity keep this focused. Polished and supple, but has depth. In the traditional style. Drink now through 2026.”
August 1, 2018, James Suckling
“Let the dark nose with its licorice, soy sauce, smoke and earthy notes draw you into the deep, concentrated palate, where the serious tannins have just matured to the point where there is a graceful line right through the wine. Drink or hold.”
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva is a traditional Rioja wine crafted in the classic Murrieta signature style and enjoying all the benefits of modern winemaking philosophy, equipment and techniques. Made from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, this wine embodies ripe fruit qualities with a perfect balance of acidity, supple roundness on the palate and a hint of new oak. The Marqués de Murrieta vineyards on the 741-acre Ygay Estate are located in Rioja Alta between 320 meters to 485 meters above sea level.
The Cebrián-Sagarriga family, who in 1983 acquired the winery, established in 1852, has a distinct winemaking philosophy that is founded in the pursuit of quality and excellence through tradition and innovation.
Grapes are first de-stemmed and then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 9 days, with constant skin contact. During fermentation pumping over and punching down operations are regularly carried out. These processes ensure both effective and gentle color and aroma extraction. Afterwards the solid parts of the grapes are squashed in a vertical press. This is a gentle process that extracts color and ripe tannins from the grapes skin.
Pairs beautifully with roasted pumpkin, dried fruits and fermented garlic, or steamed and grilled bream with roasted spring onion, red wine and beet cream. It also works with desserts such as red wine sorbet with chocolate chips.
Decanting the wine for 30 minutes is recommended. Best enjoyed between 60º to 64ºF.
Varietals: 91% Tempranillo, 4% Mazuelo, 3% Graciano, 2% Garnacha
Harvest Start Date: September 13, 2012
Harvest End Date: September 26, 2012
Bottling Date: August 2015
Aging: 29 months in 225-litre American oak barrels