Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2013

marques de murrieta rioja reserva
Spain Rioja
Tempranillo
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2013

To be classified as a “Reserva”, a wine must spend one year or more in oak, followed by two or more in bottle. Fruit for Marqués de Murrieta’s Reserva is hand-harvested from the Ygay Estate on the southernmost point of Rioja Alta, some 320 to 485 metres above sea level. In 2013, this included 83% Tempranillo and 9% Graciano, with the remainder composed of Garnacha and Mazuelo (also known as Carignan). Hand-harvested fruit was de-stemmed and fermented in cool stainless steel, then pressed in a vertical press – a gentle means of extracting juice. The wine spent 16 months in new and neutral American oak barrels, then nearly a year and a half in bottle prior to release.

 

“The red blend 2013 Rioja Reserva is mostly Tempranillo with 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo and 3% Garnacha, a proportion that is very similar from year to year as they want this blend to show the typicity of the Ygay estate. They blend grapes from different vineyards, soils, expositions and altitudes in search of a traditional, fine and elegant red aged in American oak barrels with more modern characteristics like fruit, mid-palate and integration of the oak. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented separately in stainless steel vats and the wine matured in barrel for 18 months. This is a somehow unusual vintage of Murrieta Reserva from a challenging vintage, with aromas of beef blood, sweet spices and red cherries. The palate is vibrant with citrus acidity, flavours of acid berries and an elegant, long finish. Unusual, but I like it. 900,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in seven lots between July and September 2016. 2018-2023”

92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2018

 

“A sleek texture delivers bright cherry and red plum flavours, with leafy, licorice and vanilla notes. Firm tannins and racy acidity give this focus. A fresh and energetic red. Drink now through 2025. 10,000 cases imported.”

91 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2017

 

“Curious red with dried berry, light raisin and floral character, and just a hint of green. Follows through to a full body and firm, silky tannins. Drink now.”

91 points, JamesSuckling.com, July 2017

 

“Crunchy red fruit and hints of roses give this a firm presence on the palate, making it one of the better 2013s we tasted from Rioja (the Consejo Regulador hasn’t rated a vintage merely “good” since 2003). It’s a lean, spicy red, a demonstration of what a great terroir can produce in a challenging year.”

90 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Dec 2017