2001 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
It’s more than one year since I last had this wine. Here is my previous comment on the wine. I know that 2001 was an excellent vintage in Rioja and Ygay is one of the acclaimed wines in the region.
2001 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja
Blend of 93% Tempranillo and 7% Mazuelo, aged for 31 months in small American oak barrels. 14% alc
The wine has a red garnet color. The nose is well developed and oaky, still showing primary aromas, with plenty of red and black fruit jams, dry plums, spices and a touch of tobacco. In the mouth this is a completely different wine from what I remember: it gained a lot in body since my last taste, it feels almost full body; there are plenty of tannins, but they are ripe and pleasant. The wine is rich, almost concentrated on the palate, with considerable amount of flavors, showing power rather than elegance. The finish is medium plus long, fruity and spicy. This is coming as a modernist, concentrated wine, lacking the charming old school Rioja character that makes those wines so food-friendly. (90/100)
There is a good potential for aging and, frankly speaking, aging for another 3-5 years should be mandatory for this wine.