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2001 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, Rioja DOCa, Spain

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Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $84   From: $80   To: $87

Search Rank 341 What is this?
Over all vintages, this was the 341st most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year.
Search rank last month: 450th

Score: 90  
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Award Organization Award Year Result
Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 Bronze
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009 Gold (Best In Class)
Inky dark red core colour, garnet brick edge. Brooding nose, slow to open. Dark concentrated aromas, prune and treacle, toasty oak over plum and cassis. The wine opens on the tongue revealing superb tenacity, fresh lively fruit and strong tannins. Wonderful finish, this will drink beautifully in a few more years.
Mundus Vini 2009 Silver

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Grape Variety

Tempranillo is the grape variety that forms the backbone of some of the finest red wines from Spain and Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja and Ribera del Duero has Tempranillo at its core, and in Portugal the variety is widely used in the Douro Valley both for table wines and fortified wines (Port). Tempranillo vines have been successfully adopted in the New World, especially in California, Argentina and Australia.

A thick-skinned variety with a high anthocyanin count that makes for deep-colored wines with moderate tannins, Temp ...more

  • Rioja Alta is a sub-region of Spain's celebrated Rioja wine region. It occupies the westernmost portion of the region, with the majority of its vineyards lying south of the Ebro River. Rioja Alta centers on the historic town of Haro, where a number of well-known wineries are located. The town also plays host to an annual wine festival in June.

    Rioja Alta is perhaps the most important of the three Rioja sub-regions (the others being Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja), both in terms of quality and the quantity of wine produced. The climate is largely similar to that of Rioja Alavesa and, as in Alavesa, the vineyards here are located at higher ...more

  • Rioja, the most famous wine region in Spain, lies mostly within the autonomous community of La Rioja in the north of the country. The region is thought to derive its name from the Oja River (el Rio Oja), a tributary of the Ebro. Rioja covers a stretch of land 60 miles (100 kilometers) long and 25 miles (40 km) wide that straddles both banks (although predominantly the south) of the eastward-flowing Ebro ...more

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