Country: Spain Region: Rioja
Vintage: 2004 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Bodegas Marques de Murrietta
Marques de Murrieta is named after Luciano de Murrieta, one of the founding fathers of modern Rioja winemaking, who established the estate in 1852 in the world renowned Rioja region of Spain. Today V. Dalmau Cebrian-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell, leads the family-owned company. With a vision of innovation and respect for tradition, Marques de Murrieta is rooted in strong, historical fundamentals that shape the vision and philosophy of this iconic Spanish brand. The winery is settled near the southern tip of the Rioja Alta in the middle of the beautiful Ygay Estate, a unique 300 hectare vineyard that guarantees complete control over the grape source of the wines and is the key to the quality and style of Marques de Murrieta wines.
92 Parker Points - Robert ParkerJr
The 2004 Dalmau Reserva is sourced from a single 50+ year old plot within the 300 hectare Ygay estate. Made from a blend of 86% Tempranillo, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Graciano, the wine was aged for 21 months in new French barriques. Dark ruby/purple-colored, it reveals an aromatic array of toasty new oak, spice box, mineral, blueberry, and black currants. Considerably more powerful than its traditionally made siblings, on the palate if is full-bodied, firm, layered, and quite concentrated. The spicy flavors fall on the dark side of the spectrum with blackberry, plum, and black currant in the forefront. The wine has at least a decade of aging potential and will be at its peak from 2015 to 2030 although it can be enjoyed now with a charcoal-grilled ribeye. Marques de Murietta remains a benchmark for traditional Rioja. (4/2008)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque purple. Sexy, oak-spiced blackberry, cherry-cola and vanilla on the nose, with subtle floral and baking spice qualities adding complexity. Fat and sweet, with deep dark berry liqueur flavors, a velvety texture and obvious oak character. Emphatically modern, with strong finishing spiciness and lingering jammy berry flavors. If your Rioja paradigm is the traditional style, this one will cause apoplexy. (8/2008)
90 points Wine Spectator
This plush red delivers sweet berry and black plum fruit, with chocolate and toasty oak notes that give way to a floral, spicy finish. Velvety, yet has enough tannin for grip. (6/2008)
86% Tempranillo, 6% Mazuelo, 3% Garnacha. 24 months in new French oak. Smoky, mineral and a hint of liquorice. Lovely tangy freshness and a fresh lightness of touch. Finesse and length. 17.5/20 points. (7/2009)
Ageing Potential: 9 Years
Vineyard: Canajas single vineyard. A more than 50 year-old single vineyard located at over 480 m above sea level within our 300 ha Ygay Estate (Rioja Alta).
Recommended foods: All red meats, roasts and game. Excellent also with cheeses.
Decanting: It is recommended to decant forty minutes before serving.
Grapes: 86% Tempranillo, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Graciano.
Food Matches: Game / Venison / Lamb / Duck