2005 Marqués de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Gran Reserva Especial Rioja

SKU #1142844 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark You just want to smell this, with a polish and clarity that changes all the time. Aromas of walnuts, dark fruits, ginger, roasted seaweed, soya, iron, rosemary, and lavender. Full-bodied, yet polished and firm. Such tension and form. The length is phenomenal. As always, this is a selection of the best of the best. A blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Mazuelo. Almost all American oak. Aged three years barrel and then three years in bottle. Inner quote mark (7/2015)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Ygay’s La Plana is located at nearly 500m and its 80-year-old vines are all dedicated to this landmark wine – and only in the best vintages (including 2005). Calling cards include the high percentage of Mazuelo (12%) and the fact that while the Tempranillo is aged in American oak, the Mazuelo is treated to Allier wood. Now halfway into its second decade, the wine is getting into its stride; encyclopaedic flavours grace the palate, both fruit and savoury, then there are flowers, spice and subtly enveloping tannins. Regal and dignified, this is outstanding even in comparison to other Ygays. (SF) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2005 Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, a classic among classics, is back in top form with the excellent 2005 vintage. It’s produced from a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Mazuelo (aka Carinena), a difficult grape that is in high esteem at the winery as they consider it adds acidity and aging potential to the blend and has been selected specifically to make part of the flagship wine’s blend. In 2005, the Tempranillo was harvested on September 30, the Mazuelo on October 3, and fermented separately in stainless steel vats. The Tempranillo ages in American oak barrels and the Mazuelo in French ones, both for a period of 30 months. The wine matures for a further two years in bottle before being released. It’s extremely backward and tight, showing very young, with a balanced nose between spice, tertiary and cherry fruit aromas. It’s a powerful, still young vintage, with plenty of glycerin, body, round tannins. An austere wine (is it the Mazuelo?), it is complex and ever-changing in the palate. It has a sense of harmony that only the best wines have. Very long and elegant. I loved its serious and austere overall feeling. 100,000 bottles produced. This is a true vin de garde which develops complex notes of violet and meat with time in the glass. This is a Gran Reserva greatly marked by the Mazuelo, which should give it great ability to age. At this quality level it represents very good value. (LG) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Superb at every checkpoint, this is a world-class wine. Cherry, cassis and earth aromas are spicy and mellow, not bullish or loud. This feels creamy but with enough textural grit to keep things lively, while flavors of vanilla, tobacco and plum are nicely integrated. A mild, medium-long finish epitomizes elegance. *Best of 2013, Editors' Choice* (MS) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark From 45-year-old vines at La Plana, a plateau of limestone and river rocks at 1,600 feet on Murrieta’s Finca Ygay, this vintage blends Tempranillo with 11 percent Mazuelo. It’s a Super Rioja, physically more powerful though perhaps less immediately terroir expressive than the 2004. The detail is all incipient in the wine, sparkling with acidity and mica-like reflections in the tannins, layering strawberry with blue fruit and black licorice, youthful and bright, smoky and firm. The texture is as grand as the expansive finish. This wine has the stamina and the breed to age for decades. Inner quote mark (12/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Bold and rich, this red fills the palate with blackberry, plum sauce, soy, chocolate and spice flavors. Broad and deep, in a modern style, with plenty of oak and enough backbone to stay focused. *Top 100 of 2014, Highly Recommended* (TM) Inner quote mark (9/2014)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Intense concentration of fruit. Lots of tannin wrapped around ripe fruit. Great energy wound up in here. Some smoke and animal notes. All potential. 17.5/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2015)

K&L Notes

Marqués de Murrieta is one of the two oldest historical bodegas that helped put Rioja on the winemaking map in the mid-19th century (the other one was Marqués de Riscal). Fruit for their wines is grown on their estate just outside of Logroño. Their 2005 Gran Reserva is marked by a healthy proportion of Mazuelo (around 7%), which thrives in this warm, dry climate.

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2015 | Send Email
The 2005 Ygay gran reserva, same as the 2004 bottling, is great. This gran reserva is marked by a healthy proportion of Mazuelo (around 7%) which thrives in this slightly warmer, drier, more Mediterranean influenced area just outside of Logroño. Ygay is a proven ager, with its rich red fruited profile often outshining other top bodegas' gran reservas (their 1978 comes to mind....)

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