2016 Marqués de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1534627 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is very structured and powerful with a dense and rich palate of ripe fruit and hints of toasted oak. Full and layered. Structured. Released February 2020. Needs a few years of bottle age. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

93-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I also tasted an unbottled sample of the 2016 Rioja Reserva, which should be bottled in a couple of months, before the summer. What I tasted was the final blend, and it represents the year—2016 was a cooler year, and the wine also goes in that direction. 2016 saw a large crop, and the grapes for this cuvée were harvested at the end of September, going toward more finesse and subtleness, combined with the natural power. There was a change in the winery in 2016 that was finalized in 2018 with the new winery. The wine is textured and fine, and it's more elegant than the 2015 I tasted next to it. The detail and texture on the palate is different, and the quality of the tannins is completely different. (LG) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Brilliant violet. Red and black currant, cherry, fresh flowers and baking spices on the highly perfumed nose, along with hints of vanilla and pipe tobacco. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry, cassis, spicecake and cola flavors that turn sweeter through the midpalate. Successfully blends power and delicacy and finishes very long, smoky and smooth, with fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This is a blend of Tempranillo (87%), Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha grown at the Finca Ygay, Murrieta’s estate in the hills above Logroño. Aged in American oak for 18 months, it developed a hint of mintiness over its silken black-currant and tobacco flavors (think menthol cigarette smoked with aristocratic nonchalance in Monaco). Bright and somber, tense and refined, this wine’s limestone edges carry the essence of Rioja in a healthy wine that seems to get its style directly from the ground. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Black olive and forest floor notes frame tangy black cherry and currant flavors in this polished red. Well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity support the supple texture. Balanced, in a savory style. (TM) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

Though it's one of the oldest Rioja bodegas, dating back to the mid-19th century, Marqués de Murrieta has not rested on its laurels. They continue to produce excellent wines that are big hits with their customers and critics alike. They farm all their own grapes on their large, contiguous vineyard just outside of Logroño, which boasts old vines, a variety of soils 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: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2021 | Send Email
Gorgeous nose of violets, wild dill, cherries and spice. The savory red fruit takes center stage on the palate with great balance between the mouth coating tannins and lifting acidity. This perennial favorite is especially on point this vintage.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2021 | Send Email
This wine smells so good. The nose swirls out of the glass with aromatics of dark cherries, old leather, oak, grandma’s spice rack, and earth. It’s all there and nothing dominates. One note jumps out only to have your attention drawn to something else over and over. Mouthwatering. That is the most succinct adjective for this nose. - As great as the nose is, it is so much better on the palate. This wine is screaming good right out of the gates. The fruit tones are dark and pure, They are balanced against earthy, spice, and oak tones. The tannins are polished and are fully integrated into the wine. The freshness and - drive but the acidity doesn’t have an edge. Effortless and fully integrated, this is an ideal Rioja. - This is a perfect introduction to anyone who is curious to try something new. For those of us who are already familiar, this is an exciting new expression. And for us collectors a fair warning, you might want to buy more than you normally would. This wine rivals the 2010, do you remember how good that was? And it drinks even better while it is young. I cannot wait to see what this wine is like with some extra time but keeping your hands off it will require effort.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2021 | Send Email
What a great vintage from Marques de Murrieta! The lush nose has scents of cassis, boysenberry, earth, and pipe tobacco. Interesting and very pretty. On the palate, dark, black cherries, cassis and baking spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). There is also a long finish with fine tannin and a very light hint of minerals. Great stuff! Not to be missed. I hear it crying out "pork!, pork! pork!". Barbecued, grilled, or roasted. I'm not even a pork enthusiast (ok, bacon is a big YES) but, that is what this wine says to me.

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