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Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, Marques de Murrieta 2010

RegionSpain
SubregionRioja
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyTempranillo

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Spain2010Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, Marques de Murrieta

#1 in Wine Spectator top 100 of 2020

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BT091,290.001299 JS9143.3333333333399.0099.00Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, Murrieta0.75
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Tasting Notes

Marvelous aromas of crushed berries, tobacco, cedar and mushrooms. Some dried cheese. Then turns to flowers. Very complex. Full and intense with fantastic depth and power. It goes on for minutes. It is a wine that exudes tradition but gives a sense of modernity with precise winemaking. Two years in oak, one in concrete and three or four in bottle. Drink on release and age onwards.

99
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, December 2019

I had very high expectations for the 2010 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, and the wine delivered as expected. 2010 was one of the finest vintages in Rioja in recent years, and this blend of Tempranillo with 15% Mazuelo (Cariñena) has to be one of the finest modern day Castillo de Ygays. The grapes come from a plot planted in 1966 at 485 meters in altitude, the highest in the estate, and the vines yielded 3,500 kilos per hectare. The two varieties fermented separately in stainless steel for 11 days, and the wine spent 26 months in a mixture of American and French oak barrels. I tasted the 2009 next to this 2010, and I had also had a bottle two nights before. So, I was able to compare this with the 2009, which was a very different year, as 2010 was a cooler year and a priori a more adequate year for long-aging wines like this Gran Reserva. The difference was the vegetative cycle, as the vinification and élevage was the same. This is sleeker and sharper, less developed and livelier than the 2009, which already shows some signs of "old wine" with aromas that remind me of the old classical Rioja reds. It has greatness and finesse and is a very attractive wine with all the stuffing and balance that is needed for a long (and positive) aging in bottle. This is one of the finest modern day vintages of Castillo Ygay. This is going to develop in the direction of the classical bottlings from yesteryear. 130,853 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2015. 2019 - 2040

97
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243 End of), June 2019
96
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, January 2020

**Wine Specctator, Wine of the Year in their Top 100 wines of 2020**

Maturing well, this round red is a lovely example of the traditional style. Orange peel, dried cherry, forest floor, vanilla and black tea flavors mingle harmoniously over round tannins and citrusy acidity. Generous but gentle, lively, balanced and harmonious. Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2030. 680 cases imported.—Thomas Matthews

96
Thomas Matthews, WineSpectator.com, September 2020
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