Rioja Night

Chicago, IL

Tasted May 11, 2017 by psmith with 309 views

Flight 1 (14 notes)

Red
2001 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
85 points
Very heady, with a VA-laden red fruit and earth nose. Lighter-bodied, surprisingly so actually. High pitched, somewhat distracting acidity to the palate. Not up to the last bottle I had.
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2004 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
91 points
Far more giving than a '01 enjoyed next to this. Almost cabernet-like in it's density. Earthy, red fruit notes. Still very young.
Red
1925 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
98 points
Everything I remember from a few years ago. A really pretty sour red cherry fruit profile and dusty, earth-driven notes. Super bright acidity to the palate. Seamless, and still shockingly youthful. As acyso said, this would pass for a 15-20 year old wine without trouble. Delicious.
Red
1942 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
97 points
A bit darker, and more svelte than the '25 enjoyed next to this, but probably not quite its equal in depth. Clean, and surprisingly youthful with sweet black cherry fruits and a wonderful palate presence. Few seams and great weight. Ageless.
Red
1959 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
Verdict is corked, but some pretty dark fruits and spice notes poke through a bit. It's a shame these have been so variable as there is good raw material here.
Red
1962 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
91 points
A bit leaner in style, and reasonably consistent with my last bottle. Fading a touch, in that the remnants of oak and a lighter body out-compete the red fruit hints that are left.
Red
1978 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
94 points
Great aromatics - dark spice and orange peel notes along with classic red fruit and dill. Good balance in and in a really nice place, with more body than the older wines and better resolution and depth than the younger ones. Very nice.
Red
1987 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
93 points
Forward and showing a good bit of oak overlaying bright red fruits. Still has a touch of medium-grain tannins drowned out by a really high pitched acidic tanginess. Still a bit young at this stage.
Red
1987 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
91 points
Much lighter, more cranberry red fruit and tartness than either the 890 or Ardanza served next to this. Pretty. Mature, forward wine.
Red
1987 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
91 points
Different animal from the 890 and 904, with more animale, raw flavors and spice notes. Still very alive however, and a great bargain.
White - Sparkling
1985 Pol Roger Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
92 points
I liked this more than most. A deep golden collar and bold, oxidative styling. Darker citrus notes compete a bit with the autolytic flavors. Mature.
Red
1994 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
94 points
Sweet sour cherry notes. Full bodied, and nice depth with the classic LRA dill still in the front. Lots going on here.
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Red
1998 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
A different animal from almost every other wine in today's lineup. Really dark fruit, with a forward, spicy profile overlaying classic LRA dill. Very young, but the density balances things out and makes it a better choice than some for the near-term.
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Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 'Selección Especial' Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
Some corked hints amid dark fruit and a slightly green, overtly oaky frame.
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