1978 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja

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Community Tasting Note

  • eagreni wrote: 96 points

    May 22, 2021 - I know there is a lot of bottle variation of this wine, and I was a little anxious upon opening how this bottle would show. Luckily there was no need to worry.

    It started off a little shy and reserved, but after an hour in the decanter it was really singing and dancing in flirtatiuos ways. Complex nose. Of course figs and dates, but also red cherries and ripe wild strawberries, wild strawberries of the type that have lain a little in the sun and got a hint of something sweetly oxidative. Also beautiful spices, a bit like I can imagine it smells like at a bazaar in Marrakesh. In addition, sweet pipe tobacco, butter caramel, hints of apricot and orange peel, leather and forest floor. In the mouth, the wine is delicate and a little fragile. Subtle. Completely worn tannins, high acidity, concentrated, very long. A complex, balanced, sensual and seductive mature wine. The wine is probably at its peak now, but good bottles, like this one, will probably last for at least 10 more years. A truly fantastic wine!


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