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.
“Really attractive floral aromas to the dark fruit, mushrooms and light chocolate. Full-bodied with lightly chewy tannins and lots of flavors of ripe fruit, spice, walnut, seaweed and cedar. Long and caressing. This is still youthful now, but promising so much for the future. Try after 2022.”
95 points, JamesSuckling.com, Sept 2020