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  • Marques de Murrieta, Castillo Ygay, Gran Reserva Especial, Rioja 2007


    “A worthy follow-up of the 2007, the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial was released in late 2015.  This is a cuvee of mostly Tempranillo with the balance of Mazuelo (Carinena), a very important grape for Castillo de Ygay in percentages that vary depending on the vintage, and it’s almost 15% in 2007.  2007 was not an easy vintage and in Ygay they had a terrible mildew attach and they lost 50% of the bunches.  It’s a cold, rainy year, but because of that circumstance the wine is concentrated.  This is still a baby, long and with depth and tannins that should melt in a couple of years.  Compared with the 2005 it is fresher, perhaps not as concentrated, but for me the extra freshness compensates and puts it at a very similar quality level.  And the rule of thumb is to wait at least ten years after harvest to start uncorking any Castil…” 95+RP  Drink 2017-2027

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