Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.3219 ratings
9.351 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Tasty and dusty, late season ripe raspberry, blueberry and chocolate; finish runs about 2 minutes.

48hr Update: Nose is intense mocha cherry, palate is still beautiful. Suggest a 24 hour decant on future bottles, much better experience.

Tasty and dusty, late season ripe raspberry, blueberry and chocolate; finish runs about 2 minutes.

48hr Update: Nose is intense mocha cherry, palate is still beautiful. Suggest a 24 hour decant on future bottles, much better experience.

May 18th, 2018
Michael Descamps

Intensely aromatic. Black cherry, sweet and sour plum, cedar strips, black tea, graphite, toasted cardamom, and toasted vanilla pod. Palate coating and quite rich, this wine is not showing the slightest bit of oxidative character.

Intensely aromatic. Black cherry, sweet and sour plum, cedar strips, black tea, graphite, toasted cardamom, and toasted vanilla pod. Palate coating and quite rich, this wine is not showing the slightest bit of oxidative character.

2 people found it helpfulOct 1st, 2015
Cory Fierro

This bottle just proves to me that rioja with at least some age goes best with charred filets and ribeyes, which is what we are having tonight. Upon opening I noticed a lovely floral character to the nose that followed after being poured into the glass. The rest of the nose had intense cigar box aromatics along with dusty red fruits and lilac florals. After an hour the floral notes take over and some semisweet chocolate also emerges. The palate still has tannins but a long, smoky finish that I can't help but enjoy. Amazing rioja. Amazing wine.

This bottle just proves to me that rioja with at least some age goes best with charred filets and ribeyes, which is what we are having tonight. Upon opening I noticed a lovely floral character to the nose that followed after being poured into the glass. The rest of the nose had intense cigar box aromatics along with dusty red fruits and lilac florals. After an hour the floral notes take over and some semisweet chocolate also emerges. The palate still has tannins but a long, smoky finish that I can't help but enjoy. Amazing rioja. Amazing wine.

1 person found it helpfulAug 26th, 2015
Matté

Manager The Wine Cellars

9.4

Wonderful, perfumed and luxuriant blackcurrant, blue plum, elegant baked blueberry pie, vanilla pod & cream. Riches but balanced in the mouth, über smooth & delicious!

Wonderful, perfumed and luxuriant blackcurrant, blue plum, elegant baked blueberry pie, vanilla pod & cream. Riches but balanced in the mouth, über smooth & delicious!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 26th, 2015
Naureen Zaim

Needs an hour of decanting, extremely bold, masculine yet smooth! Yum!

Needs an hour of decanting, extremely bold, masculine yet smooth! Yum!

1 person found it helpfulOct 12th, 2014
Christopher Wisner

Wine Manager, American Wine & Spirits

9.8

Wow. Very special. Incredible structure, lovely red/blue fruit, delicate spice. Incredible acidity. Awesome.

Wow. Very special. Incredible structure, lovely red/blue fruit, delicate spice. Incredible acidity. Awesome.

1 person found it helpfulSep 19th, 2014
Rafael Landestoy

I really enjoyed it but it was such a departure from the 89. Very concentrated and modern in style. It is definitely more commercial but I feel that it really lost its way from the traditional style.

I really enjoyed it but it was such a departure from the 89. Very concentrated and modern in style. It is definitely more commercial but I feel that it really lost its way from the traditional style.

1 person found it helpfulSep 14th, 2014
Richard Jennings

Aromatic, chocolate cherry truffles, licorice, coffee, chocolate pastilles nose; delicious, silky textured, tight, raspberry, light dill, chocolate pastille, light licorice, dried cherry, black cherry palate; could use 4-plus years and will go 30+; long finish

Aromatic, chocolate cherry truffles, licorice, coffee, chocolate pastilles nose; delicious, silky textured, tight, raspberry, light dill, chocolate pastille, light licorice, dried cherry, black cherry palate; could use 4-plus years and will go 30+; long finish

Feb 24th, 2017
Sheri Pattillo

Consulting Sommelier Texas Hill Country

9.2

Roses, leather, pipe tobacco, black cherry, lingering finish.

Roses, leather, pipe tobacco, black cherry, lingering finish.

Feb 4th, 2016
Peter Plaehn

I never turn down a bit of Ygay.

I never turn down a bit of Ygay.

Jun 22nd, 2015