Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Rioja
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 stainless Steel tanks for 8 days at controlled temperature in constant skin contact. During fermentation pumping over and punching down operations are regularly carried out. These processes ensure both effective and gentle colour and aroma extraction. Afterwards the solid parts of the grapes were are pressed in vertical presses with double screws.
The wine was aged for 20 months in 225 liter American oak barrels, of which at least eight months were in new barrels. It then spends a minimum of 12 months in the bottle before release.
Intense bright cherry red color, with legs. In the nose it boasts ripe red fruit attributes accompanied by a subtle and creamy oak and lots of spices. On the palate it shows very well balance acidity and round tannins. Flavorful and bodied which advances a marvelous evolution and longevity in bottle. This has been an energetic vintage with a long future ahead.
Decanting the wine for 20 minutes is recommended. Best enjoyed between 60º- 64ºF.
Varietals: 89% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 4% Graciano, 2% Garnacha
Harvest End Date: September 29, 2011
Aging: 20 months in 225-liter American oak barrels, 8 months of which happen in new barrel