Marqués de Murrieta

Finca Ygay Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.0195 ratings
9.123 pro ratings
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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Bought this recently for $29.99. It’s a property I visited in 2015. So, when I saw this for under $30, I just smiled and plucked it from the shelf. I knew it would be good, just not quite this beautiful. A wine good enough to make you wonder why we spend more money on a bottle of wine. A bottling to acquire to keep you free from the temptation of drinking your expensive & far too young to open reds.

The nose reveals; dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum and juicy, baked strawberries on the high nose, dark tarry spice, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soils, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, tarry notes, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets.

The body is full, lush & ripe. The tannins are rounded yet still, firm, dusty & tarry. This 07 is nearing its peak form and will hold there another 4- 5 years before it starts its slow decent. The mouthfeel is gorgeous. The structure, tension, length and balance have really hit a nice groove. Dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, fresh, ripe, rhubarb and juicy, baked strawberries, anise, dark tarriness & spice, cognac notes on the deep palate set, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soil, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long, well balanced, juicy, ripe, elegant elegant finish persists several minutes. Just misses 93.

Perfect Tri-Tip steak wine.

Photos from my 2015 visit. Their tasting room, Estate vinesand surrounding vistas from the Bodega.

Bought this recently for $29.99. It’s a property I visited in 2015. So, when I saw this for under $30, I just smiled and plucked it from the shelf. I knew it would be good, just not quite this beautiful. A wine good enough to make you wonder why we spend more money on a bottle of wine. A bottling to acquire to keep you free from the temptation of drinking your expensive & far too young to open reds.

The nose reveals; dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum and juicy, baked strawberries on the high nose, dark tarry spice, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soils, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, tarry notes, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets.

The body is full, lush & ripe. The tannins are rounded yet still, firm, dusty & tarry. This 07 is nearing its peak form and will hold there another 4- 5 years before it starts its slow decent. The mouthfeel is gorgeous. The structure, tension, length and balance have really hit a nice groove. Dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, fresh, ripe, rhubarb and juicy, baked strawberries, anise, dark tarriness & spice, cognac notes on the deep palate set, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soil, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long, well balanced, juicy, ripe, elegant elegant finish persists several minutes. Just misses 93.

Perfect Tri-Tip steak wine.

Photos from my 2015 visit. Their tasting room, Estate vinesand surrounding vistas from the Bodega.

1 person found it helpfulJul 22nd, 2019
Stephen Bonner

Medium-bodied, silky tannins, and complex notes of leather, poultry spice, cocoa, coconut, and oak resin. Classy. Drink now/cellar 5 years.

Medium-bodied, silky tannins, and complex notes of leather, poultry spice, cocoa, coconut, and oak resin. Classy. Drink now/cellar 5 years.

1 person found it helpfulMar 6th, 2014
Ron Yates

Not my favorite temp I have ever had, but delicious none the less. Coconut and spice with nice silky fruit.

Not my favorite temp I have ever had, but delicious none the less. Coconut and spice with nice silky fruit.

Apr 26th, 2015
Brittany Hastings

Coconut, cheery, dill, & green bell pepper. Perfect dinner wine!

Coconut, cheery, dill, & green bell pepper. Perfect dinner wine!

Nov 7th, 2014
Ellen Clifford

Velvety and spicy, rich but not overly cloying

Velvety and spicy, rich but not overly cloying

Jul 26th, 2014
Victor Charcan

A bit gamey, cherries, needs aeration. Good

A bit gamey, cherries, needs aeration. Good

May 4th, 2014
Anthony Ianni

From a recent dinner.

From a recent dinner.

Dec 14th, 2013
Gregory Fulchiero

Balanced - light - but solid structure

Balanced - light - but solid structure

Aug 10th, 2013
Orlando Tadeu Ruschel

This is a marvelous Rioja. Very intense in the nose, good development in the mouth, and lasting finishing. Well structured, round tanins, hints of dark fruits.

This is a marvelous Rioja. Very intense in the nose, good development in the mouth, and lasting finishing. Well structured, round tanins, hints of dark fruits.

May 14th, 2016
Peter Lilly

VG, nice black fruit, earthy, a spice on the finish

VG, nice black fruit, earthy, a spice on the finish

Apr 18th, 2016