Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Rioja
August 2, 2018, James Suckling
“This 2014 has the gracious and subtle earthiness of the best wines from Ygay, one of Rioja’s top estates. Its subtle richness is grounded by oak tannins while a quiet burst of raspberry flavor gives it just enough amplitude to seek out food without obliterating it. Decant a bottle for roast leg of lamb.”
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 18 months 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 baked red snapper with grilled vegetables in white wine, apple, lime and rosemary, or even lamb chops with buttermilk, asparagus and red wine. Decanting the wine for 20 minutes is recommended. Best enjoyed between 59º- 61ºF.
Varietals: 80% Tempranillo, 12% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo, 2% Garnacha
Wine Alcohol: 14%
Harvest Start Date: September 14, 2015
Harvest End Date: October 16, 2015
Aging: Aged for 18 months in 225-liter American oak