1994 Marqués de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Gran Reserva Especial Rioja

SKU #1001724 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1994 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial reveals no age in its appearance. Deep purple-colored, it sports nicely developed, complex aromas with elements of Asian spices, balsamic, lavender, mineral, and blackberry. Elegant, intense, and concentrated, it is balanced by vibrant acidity. It should easily live for another 25-35 years.  (6/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good red-ruby color. Ripe aromas of plum, currant, maple syrup and cedar, with a hint of raisin. Juicy, penetrating and impressively structured, with a mineral pungency enlivening the roasted, slightly decadent flavors and giving the wine grip. Lovely sweetness reminiscent of mature claret, and buffered by strong acidity. Finishes firm and tannic, with lingering sweetness and serious spine. This will be long-lived. (ST)  (7/2003)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Maturing now, this harmonious red offers flavors of dried cherries, wild herbs and exotic spices; it's firm yet supple, soft yet lively on the palate. A lovely example of the traditional style. (TM)  (10/2002)

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Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2013 | Send Email
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This wine shows the potential of one of Rioja's most celebrated and historic brands. A showcase of the classic style of this winery, full of spice, character and earth, the wine has aged perfectly. It's a reminder of why the name Ygay and the wines they've made over the years are so famous.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.