The well-known Marqués de Murrieta winery produces this Spanish red wine from the vineyards surrounding the winery, a 300-hectare estate known as Finca Ygay.
Made from a traditional La Rioja blend, the main portion of Marqués de Murrieta Reserva is selected from Tempranillo vines, complemented with the high-acidic Graciano, and Mazuelo and Grenache as well.
Located in the Rioja Alta, the vineyards are located between 320 and 485 metres above sea level, with different soil compositions and sun orientations.
Manually harvested, the grapes were destemmed and gently crushed. Then they were fermented in stainless steel tanks with periodic pump-overs and puch-downs.
After that, Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2015 was aged for 18 months in new and semi-new American oak barrels.
Finally, this red wine from La Rioja was aged for a minimum of 24 months in the bottle prior to its commercial release.
We suggest that you decant it for 30 minutes to appreciate its full potential.
The wine Marqués de Murrieta Reserva has a high, intense, cherry-coloured robe with a ruby rim.
Intense and elegant, this Reserva from Marqués de Murrieta exhibits some aromas of wild strawberries, raspberries, some spicy hints of pepper, some touches of smoke and some creamy notions.
Smooth and bold, this red wine from Finca Ygay also displays a certain sharpness which is very rewarding. Fresher and lighter than in previous vintages, the fruit is very pure, and it is nuanced by spices, cocoa and underbrush. Crunchy tannins, lively acidity, and long finish with some remebrances of balsam and toast.
|Our personal opinion||
An all-time classic red wine from La Rioja, Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2015 is particularly fresh and expressive. A great vintage.
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2014:
Enterwine 93. Parker 93. Pañín 93. Tim Atkin 94.
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2013:
Aged for 16 months in oak. Enterwine 93. Parker 92. Peñín 90.
Marqués de Murrieta 2011:
Parker 91. Peñín 92. Enterwine 93.
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2010:
Blend of 93% Tempranillo, 4% Mazuelo, 2% Graciano and 1% Grenache. Aged for 21 months. Parker 93. Peñín 92. Wine Spectator 90. James Suckling 94.
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2009:
Similar blend. Parker 93. Peñín 93.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Other guides||Tim Atkin 94.|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 80%, Graciano 12%, Mazuelo 6%, Garnacha 2%.|
|Pairings||Baked whitefish, Birds, Bull meat, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Grilled red meats, Grilled whitefish, Mushrooms, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Roasted white meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
After giving it much thought, I have come to the conclusion that it is always a good idea to store one or two cases of Murrieta in the home cellar, just in case some friends turn out unexpectedly...