Type: Red Table Wine
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 is a recent release that has yet to be reviewed. Wine & Spirits categorized the dry, sunny vintage as “drink or hold”. The 2010 received the following:
“I also tasted the 2010 Gran Reserva Limited Edition, even though the wine will take some time to be released. The wine shows a different profile, with more freshness, better integrated oak and more subtle nuances in the nose. There is great finesse and balance on the palate. All wines spend some seven to 11 months in the beginning of their upbringing (nine in this case) in new oak, and then they are transferred to used barrels to complete the total time, which in this case was around 25 months in barrel. It develops notes of licorice and aniseed, quite focused. Some 30,000 bottles produced.”
93+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Aug 2016
Rated 97 points in Tim Atkin’s 2017 Rioja Report