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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.
Dalmau is 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.
“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