$156.99 x 6
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$100.00 and over
Tempranillo & Tempranillo Blends
Red Table Wine
Marques de Murrieta
Dalmau, a limited-production single-vineyard wine, reflects a modern facet of Marqués de Murrieta. It is made from the best fruit grown in the estate’s old Canajas vineyard, perched 465 metres above sea level. The soil here is rich in chalky clay, with a layer of stony topsoil that favours optimal ripening.
Predominantly Tempranillo, the remainder a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano. Fruit was hand-harvested, then transported to the winery in small crates to minimize damage to the berries. Bunches were de-stemmed, then fermented by varietal: Tempranillo in stainless steel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Graciano in small oak vats. The individual component wines aged for 19 months in French Allier oak prior to blending.
The nose is defined by deep ripe black fruit with hints of black spices, balsamic and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, juicy tannins and endless spicy finish. Powerful, round and solid. Pair with beef sirloin steak tartar.
“A rich, fruity red with loads of blackberry and blueberry character, as well as dark chocolate and walnut. Sweet berry with hints of sultana. It’s a little overdone now, but still manages to show lovely intensity and flavors. Full-bodied. Give it time to soften and come together. Tempranillo, graciano and a touch of cabernet sauvignon. Try after 2022.”
94 points, James Suckling, October 2020
“It might not be my favorite style, and the vintage might not be the best ever, but the 2017 Dalmau Reserva is a serious and age-worthy red. It was produced with 80% Tempranillo and 10% each Graciano and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Pago Canalejas within the Ygay Estate, nine hectares planted back in 1945 at 465 meters in altitude. Each variety, harvested at different times in the second half of September, fermented separately after being destemmed and lightly crushed for 11 days at a controlled temperature, the Tempranillo in stainless steel and the Graciano and the Cabernet Sauvignon in small French oak vats. It matured in French oak barrels for 19 months. What I tasted was not yet bottled, but it was in concrete waiting for the 2020 harvest to finish to be bottled. The samples I tasted have a lot more Graciano, and they are taking more risk, going for more concentration, body and structure, trying to keep the elegance. It’s dark and it’s very powerful, very spicy but not really dominated by the Cabernet (other vintages have had a lot more Cabernet), and I see more of the Graciano in the blend than the Cabernet; it has the power. It has marked tannins and feels hard and still too young and undeveloped, and I think it will take even longer to be ready than previous vintages. This feels very powerful, so I would wait a few years for it. It will be bottled at 14.5% alcohol. Some 17,000 bottled produced.”
93-94 points, Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, October 2020
“Glistening ruby. Deeply perfumed, smoke-accented cherry liqueur and blueberry aromas are complicated by building floral, vanilla and exotic spice accents. Sappy, sweet and broad on the palate, offering densely packed black and blue fruit, licorice, mocha and floral pastille flavors that slowly become spicier as the wine opens up. Shows excellent clarity on the long, oak-spiced finish, which is framed by smooth, polished tannins.”
94 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media, April 2021