2014 Marqués de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1394861 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The blend of the 2014 Rioja Reserva is very similar to the 2013, 84% Tempranillo with 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo and 2% Garnacha. 2014 was a somewhat-challenging vintage, with warm and cold spells and some rain during the summer. The fermentation usually lasts eight days with pigéage and remontage, pressed and put to age in 225-liter American oak barrels for 19 months. This is still a little young and has had less time in bottle. It might need a little bit more time in bottle. 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.  (2/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This red has a lovely texture, polished and deep. The flavors are a bit muted, but reveal notes of cherry preserves, candied orange, dried herbs and vanilla, with light, firm tannins and orange peel acidity. Harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2026. (TM)  (5/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 Quite a complex nose of forest berries and caramel. Medium-bodied with a silky texture for a relatively young red of this quality level. Well integrated, rather supple tannins, only the finish turning slightly dry. Drink or hold.  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Though one of the oldest Rioja bodegas, dating back to the mid-19th century, Marqués de Murrieta is not resting on its laurels. They continue to produce excellent wines big hits with their customers and critics alike. They farm all their own grapes on their large, contiguous vineyard just outside of Logrono, which boasts old vines, a variety of terroir from chalky clay to very stony parcels, and a climate that particularly favors not only Tempranillo but some of the region's finest Mazuelo.


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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2019 | Send Email
This is a fresher, brighter take on Reserva Rioja with juicy red fruits pairing seemlessly with soft American oak. Once this bottling opens up I think it will show more breadth and density, but it's plenty intricate and tasty right now. This is an easy go-to for any Rioja fan from a very well respected producer.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2019 | Send Email
This has the exact flavor profile I expect when I think of Rioja. It's beautifully done. Earthy, loamy characters with deep brooding dark red fruits, leather, umami spice and cured meat. Medium bodied with lovely interplay between fruit and savory components. A good structural frame but accessible from the get-go. Fantastic value. A dependable wine that delivers the goods time and time again.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2019 | Send Email
This is as solid, consistent and tasty a bottle of old world, sub $20 red wine as you are likely to find. While we are clearly towards the top of the class for Rioja, the quality of Marqués de Murrieta's reserva bottling consistently places it favorably amongst other category leading, similarly priced reds. 2014 was a successful vintage, one that borrows a bit of the structure and reserve of the excellent 2010 vintage, while showing a trace of the precocious, savory flavor development of 2013. The freshness of this wine becomes particularly apparent on the mid palate, where red fruits join the dark skinned ones, and even more so on the poised and limestone marked finish.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14