Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja 2007 Magnum in Wood 150cl 14% ABV
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A living legend of Rioja, which has survived three centuries, destined to break records for its surprising vivacity of intense cherry color which gives an amazing complexity. Its nose exhibits an aromatic intensity which seduces with its red fruits, floral notes of truffles, incense and spicy touches. It caresses the palate with satin texture. A Gran Riserva that shows strength, elegant bouquet, fruity intensity and impeccable balance. Presented in a Magnum Size encased in a stylish Marques de Murrieta branded Wooden Box. From Robert Parker: "A worthy follow-up of the 2005, the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial is a new release in late 2015. This is a Cuvee of mostly Tempranillo with the balance of Mazuelo (Cariñena), a very important grape for Castillo de Ygay in percentages that vary depending on the vintage, and it's almost 15% in 2007. 2007 was not an easy vintage and in Ygay they had a terrible mildew attack and they lost 50% of the bunches. It's a cold, rainy year, but because of that circumstance the wine is concentrated. This is still a baby, long and with depth and tannins that should melt in a couple of years. Compared with the 2005 it is fresher, perhaps not as concentrated, but the extra freshness compensates and puts it at a very similar quality level. The rule of thumb is to wait at least ten years after the harvest to start uncorking any Castillo de Ygay. Cheap it is not, but very good value it is, for the quality it delivers. 110,000 bottles were produced. There will be no Castillo de Ygay in 2008, but there will be 2009, 2010 and 2011. That's something exceptional to have three vintages in a row."