Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Rioja
The Wine Advocate
February 28, 2018, Luis Gutiérrez
“The red blend 2013 Rioja Reserva is mostly Tempranillo with 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo and 3% Garnacha, a proportion that is very similar from year to year as they want this blend to show the typicity of the Ygay estate. They blend grapes from different vineyards, soils, expositions and altitudes in search of a traditional, fine and elegant red aged in American oak barrels with more modern characteristics like fruit, mid-palate and integration of the oak. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented separately in stainless steel vats and the wine matured in barrel for 18 months. This is a somehow unusual vintage of Murrieta Reserva from a challenging vintage, with aromas of beef blood, sweet spices and red cherries. The palate is vibrant with citrus acidity, flavors of acid berries and an elegant, long finish. Unusual, but I like it. 900,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in seven lots between July and September 2016.”
December 31, 2017, Tom Matthews
“A sleek texture delivers bright cherry and red plum flavors, with leafy, licorice and vanilla notes. Firm tannins and racy acidity give this focus. A fresh and energetic red. Drink now through 2025. 10,000 cases imported.”
Wine & Spirits
“Crunchy red fruit and hints of roses give this a firm presence on the palate, making it one of the better 2013s we tasted from Rioja (the Consejo Regulador hasn’t rated a vintage merely “good” since 2003). It’s a lean, spicy red, a demonstration of what a great terroir can produce in a challenging year.”
July 24, 2017, James Suckling
“Curious red with dried berry, light raisin and floral character, and just a hint of green. Follows through to a full body and firm, silky tannins. Drink now.”
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.
Tangible proof of elegance, balance and constancy characteristic of the winery and its surrounding vineyards situated in the Ygay Estate, this is a red reserva wine with a balanced aging of two years in new and partly new American oak barrels and a year and a half in bottle. The result is an elegant wine that combines complexity and fineness, summing up the best attributes of Marqués de Murrieta's identity and actuality.
Grapes are first de-stemmed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks for eight 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 color and aroma extraction. Afterwards, the solid parts of the grapes are pressed in vertical presses with double screws.
Pairs beautifully with steamed and grilled hake loin, prawns with their coral and truffle aroma, or even baked unsalted cod with onion and green peppers. Suggested serving temperature is 53°F.
Varietals: 83% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo, 3% Garnacha
Harvest Start Date: October 10, 2013
Harvest End Date: October 26, 2013
Aging: The wine is aged for 16 months in 225 litre American oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price: $27.99