Established in 1852, Murrieta is one of the oldest and most respected bodegas in Rioja Alta. Their wines are concentrated and long-lived and some, like “Castillo Ygay”, have become legendary amongst wine-lovers. Marqués de Murrieta has not stood back and stagnated however; their 300 hectare estate produces Dalmau – a blend which represents an avant-garde expression of their terroir.
An old single vineyard called La Plana located at 485 metres altitude within the 300 hectare Ygay estate surrounding the winery in the southern point of Rioja Alta wine area. It is exclusively used for this gran reserva wine only, and only in the most excellent quality vintages.
Grapes are first carefully de-stemmed, squeezed and then fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks for 11 days, with daily “remontage” and “pigeage” processes which help the wine to develop its own personality. Both these processes ensure maximum colour and aroma, without producing excessive tannins. The ageing process is 28 months in 225 litre American oak barrels, with at least 10 months in new oak, and 36 months in bottle before release.
A very good quality vintage with warm weather and timely rainfall.
The nose exhibits an aromatic intensity full of bright red fruits, floral notes, truffles, and incense, spicy touches. The wine is full bodied with a satin soft mouth feel. A Gran Reserva that shows strength, an elegant bouquet, fruity intensity and impeccable balance.
All kinds of red meats, game, ibericos and cured cheeses.
Serve at 18º-19º C. Open one hour before serving.
Robert Parker: 96 Points
Rioja Alta, Spain