Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.3309 ratings
9.362 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, 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

9.4

Very similar to the La Rioja Alta but, more fruit forward.

Excellent follow up to the 04 with our Tri-tip.

Photos of; my visit, their tasting room & lounge, Bodega Marquises, De Murrieta and their view from the Bodega terrace.

Very similar to the La Rioja Alta but, more fruit forward.

Excellent follow up to the 04 with our Tri-tip.

Photos of; my visit, their tasting room & lounge, Bodega Marquises, De Murrieta and their view from the Bodega terrace.

Jan 11th, 2020
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Classic Rioja. Drinking beautifully.

Classic Rioja. Drinking beautifully.

Oct 28th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

My son came over for dinner so I opened my last bottle! Beautiful Ruby red with an elegant bouquet of sweet berry fruits, subtle spice with earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry/cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Still great with room to run. This wine shows potential aging well beyond 2020. I wish I had more!

My son came over for dinner so I opened my last bottle! Beautiful Ruby red with an elegant bouquet of sweet berry fruits, subtle spice with earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry/cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Still great with room to run. This wine shows potential aging well beyond 2020. I wish I had more!

Jun 11th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Had this about 3 years ago. Gorgeous Ruby red with an elegant bouquet of cherries and berries, subtle spice with earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. The palate did not disappoint, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with firm tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Still great with room to run. This wine shows potential aging well beyond 2020. I have 1 more ‘05 bottle left!!!

Had this about 3 years ago. Gorgeous Ruby red with an elegant bouquet of cherries and berries, subtle spice with earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. The palate did not disappoint, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with firm tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Still great with room to run. This wine shows potential aging well beyond 2020. I have 1 more ‘05 bottle left!!!

Apr 1st, 2018
Kyle Gabriel

Super interesting, age, port

Super interesting, age, port

Feb 2nd, 2018
Michael Descamps

Intensely aromatic. Black cherry, sweet and sour plum, cedar strips, black tea, graphite, toasted cardamom, and toasted vanilla pod. Palate coating and quite rich, this wine is not showing the slightest bit of oxidative character.

Intensely aromatic. Black cherry, sweet and sour plum, cedar strips, black tea, graphite, toasted cardamom, and toasted vanilla pod. Palate coating and quite rich, this wine is not showing the slightest bit of oxidative character.

2 people found it helpfulOct 1st, 2015
Severn Goodwin

Tasty and dusty, late season ripe raspberry, blueberry and chocolate; finish runs about 2 minutes.

48hr Update: Nose is intense mocha cherry, palate is still beautiful. Suggest a 24 hour decant on future bottles, much better experience.

Tasty and dusty, late season ripe raspberry, blueberry and chocolate; finish runs about 2 minutes.

48hr Update: Nose is intense mocha cherry, palate is still beautiful. Suggest a 24 hour decant on future bottles, much better experience.

1 person found it helpfulMay 18th, 2018
Daniel Steilen

Not ready. Too early to open this guy.

Not ready. Too early to open this guy.

1 person found it helpfulApr 3rd, 2016
Michael Meagher MS

Chairman/Founder Boston Sommelier Society, Beverage Director Cafe Escadrille

9.6

Pretty much textbook, classic, benchmark, keystone, (insert your own word for damn right). Dried out, ripe red fruits? Check. American oak? Hmm, coconut, dill, sweet and sour, and vanilla extract, so yes. Baked clay? Uh huh. Long, lingering and tart finish? Damn right. Sexy as all hell? Well I'll leave that up to the drinker...

Pretty much textbook, classic, benchmark, keystone, (insert your own word for damn right). Dried out, ripe red fruits? Check. American oak? Hmm, coconut, dill, sweet and sour, and vanilla extract, so yes. Baked clay? Uh huh. Long, lingering and tart finish? Damn right. Sexy as all hell? Well I'll leave that up to the drinker...

1 person found it helpfulSep 29th, 2015
Cory Fierro

This bottle just proves to me that rioja with at least some age goes best with charred filets and ribeyes, which is what we are having tonight. Upon opening I noticed a lovely floral character to the nose that followed after being poured into the glass. The rest of the nose had intense cigar box aromatics along with dusty red fruits and lilac florals. After an hour the floral notes take over and some semisweet chocolate also emerges. The palate still has tannins but a long, smoky finish that I can't help but enjoy. Amazing rioja. Amazing wine.

This bottle just proves to me that rioja with at least some age goes best with charred filets and ribeyes, which is what we are having tonight. Upon opening I noticed a lovely floral character to the nose that followed after being poured into the glass. The rest of the nose had intense cigar box aromatics along with dusty red fruits and lilac florals. After an hour the floral notes take over and some semisweet chocolate also emerges. The palate still has tannins but a long, smoky finish that I can't help but enjoy. Amazing rioja. Amazing wine.

1 person found it helpfulAug 26th, 2015