Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Gran Reserva 2011 [6/cs]

marquis de murrieta gran reserva
Spain Rioja
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2011
To qualify as a Gran Reserva, a wine must remain in oak for two or more years, and then in bottle for three or more. (In comparison, Reservas age one year or more in oak, followed by two or more in bottle.)


Marqués de Murrieta’s Gran Reserva is made in select vintages with hand-harvested fruit sourced from their Ygay Estate, 320 to 485 metres above sea level.  Fruit is de-stemmed, then fermented in cool stainless steel. Juice is pressed off in a vertical press, a gentle process that extracts colour and ripe tannins. The wine ages for just over two years in American oak, followed by three years in bottle prior to release.


“The 2011 Gran Reserva Limited Edition was cropped from an early and very healthy harvest, for them one of the greatest vintages of recent times, which delivered structured wines apt for long aging. This blend of 91% Tempranillo, 4% Mazuelo, 3% Graciano and 2% Garnacha Tinta certainly had a long élevage, 24 months in 225-liter American oak barrels. I was very pleasantly surprised by this 2011, a vintage that I had in mind as quite ripe, but here the fruit doesn’t show any heat, it feels just perfectly ripe. With time in the glass it turns even more classical, with balsamic aromas reminiscent of cigar ash and incense. The palate is round, lush and juicy, with fine-grained tannins and very good balance. This is a barrel selection from the Reserva that they keep longer in barrel and bottle and sell as this Gran Reserva. This is one of the newest Murrieta wines. 50,000 bottles produced. It has been in bottle since September 2014.”
94 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2018


Rated 96 points in Tim Atkin’s 2018 Rioja Report