Marques de Murrieta Reserva 2016 750ml
Rank 40 in Wine Spectators top 100 wines of 2019
93 points - Robert Parker: "The nose is subtle and very harmonious, with aromas of red cherries and some aromatic herbs. The palate is soft, it has a velvety texture with polished, round tannins, and there is a subtlety and harmony that is laudable."
93 points - James Suckling
Origin: Rioja, Spain
Varietals: 80% Tempranillo, 12% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo, 2% Garnacha
Overview: Marqués de Murrieta Reserva is a traditional Rioja wine crafted in the classic Murrieta signature style and enjoying all the benefits of modern winemaking philosophy, equipment and techniques. Made from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, this wine embodies ripe fruit qualities with a perfect balance of acidity, supple roundness on the palate and a hint of new oak. The Marqués de Murrieta vineyards on the 741-acre Ygay Estate are located in Rioja Alta between 320 meters to 485 meters above sea level.
Winemaking: Tangible proof of elegance, balance and constancy characteristic of the winery and its surrounding vineyards situated in the Ygay Estate, this is a red reserva wine with a balanced aging of 18 months in new and partly new American oak barrels and a year and a half in bottle. The result is an elegant wine that combines complexity and fineness, summing up the best attributes of Marqués de Murrieta's identity and actuality.
Grapes are first de-stemmed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks for eight days at controlled temperature in constant skin contact. During fermentation, pumping over and punching down operations are regularly carried out. These processes ensure both effective and gentle color and aroma extraction. Afterwards, the solid parts of the grapes are pressed in vertical presses with double screws.
Aging: The wine is aged for 18 months in 225 litre American oak barrels.
Food Pairing: Pairs beautifully with baked red snapper with grilled vegetables in white wine, apple, lime, and rosemary, or even lamb chops with buttermilk, asparagus, and red wine. Decanting the wine for 20 minutes is recommended. Best enjoyed between 59º- 61ºF.