Marques de Murrieta, Dalmau Reserva 2014

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  • Grape Blend:

    Tempranillo 75%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Graciano 10%

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    Maria Vargas

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Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Reserva 2014 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Dalmau has a complex nose, with aromas of wild fruits and dark chocolate, combined with creamy, spicy aromas following ageing in new French oak barrels.

Production Notes

Grapes are first carefully de-stemmed and then fermented both in a temperature controlled, stainless steel tank and a wooden vat for 11 days, with daily remontage.and delestage processes, in order to obtain full potential of the perfect condition grapes. While Tempranillo ferments in three stainless steel deposits, Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano ferment individually in a wooden vat. The grapes are vinified separately to keep their character intact. The ageing process is 21 months in 225 litre new French oak barrels and 12 months in bottle before release. Wine was bottled on July 23, 2018.

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Producer Profile

Established in 1852 by Luciano Francisco Ramon de Murrieta, this historic bodega was the first of the famous Rioja houses to be established and is still in existence today. As the original visionary and pioneer of the Rioja region, Luciano was made Marques de Murrieta by Queen Isabel II. After the death of the Marques in 1911, the bodega was taken over by the Olivares family and then in 1983 by D. Vicente Cebrian-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell. The new owner's aim was to establish Bodegas Marques de Murrieta among the best wineries in the world. His sudden death in 1996 left the vision only partly fulfilled. The baton was passed onto his son Vicente Dalmau who proceeded to revolutionise the entire estate, investing significantly in the vineyards and winery to take the bodega into the 21stcentury.The emphasis is very much quality focused, with low yields in the vineyard and limited production in the winery. Truly hand-made, world-class wines from the oldest family owned estate in Rioja. On the southern limit of the Rioja Alta, just a few kilometres from Logrono, we find a unique winery on the Ygay estate. It is built in the middle of 300 hectares of its own vineyards, guaranteeing complete control over the grapes. Within the Ygay estate all the traditional grape varieties are still grown; Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo, Garnacha and Viura. The vineyards are divided into many subplots including single vineyards; Capellania planted with Viura (from 2004 vintage aged in 100% French oak), Dalmau which contains old vine Cabernet Sauvignon, and up on La Plana at 500 metres above sea level, we find the source of the Gran Reserva Especial Castillo Ygay. Tradition and modernity appear side by side with the presence of two old vertical wooden presses alongside stainless steel tanks, an automatic pigeage machine and a state-of-the-art bottling line. The aim of the winery team is to preserve the traditional characteristics that are associated with Murrieta, whilst using modern techniques to enhance quality, fruit and aromatics. New 225 litre, mainly American oak barrels are purchased every year to supplement the very old barrels in which the Castillo Ygay is aged. The deliberate balance of old and new technologies ensures a unique style and quality for all the wines. Like Vicente Dalmau, Maria Vargas, head winemaker, brings youth and modern ideas to the historic bodega. She continues to develop and evolve the Murrieta signature style to the wines highlighting more of the natural fruit flavours, creating supple yet age-worthy red wines and fresher, aromatic whites. The Count of Creixell is preparing the estate for the future with several landmark projects, including the renovation of the symbolic old Castillo which now incorporates a tasting room, restaurant and museum. Next, a new winery on the estate will ensure the quality of future wines with new technologies, gravity fed levels and atmosphere controlled cellars for the critical ageing process.