94 points James Suckling
“Let the dark nose with its licorice, soy sauce, smoke and earthy notes draw you into the deep, concentrated palate, where the serious tannins have just matured to the point where there is a graceful line right through the wine. Drink or hold.”
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“Produced with grapes from a dry and low-yielding year, the 2012 Gran Reserva Limited Edition is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 9% Mazuelo, 8% Garnacha and 3% Graciano selected from a diversity of plots and soils. The destemmed grapes fermented in stainless steel, and the wine matured in American oak barrels for 29 months. 2012 was a warm year, and it shows in the wine. This also feels like a different era, especially when compared with the latest wines from 2012. It has a combination of a classical and more modern/clean profile. It has developed aromas and notes of bottle age. This is a selection of the most age-worthy vineyards from their estate, but it's not the same as Castillo Ygay. It's selected after one year in barrel for the potential the wine shows.”
93 points Wine Enthusiast
“Initial oaky aromas dissipate and settle on road tar blackness. A lush, fleshy palate is braced with acidity, while this gran reserva tastes of plum, cassis, tobacco and brown sugar. Fresh acidity creates length on a finish with mocha, chocolate and spice flavors. This needs more time to show its best; drink through 2028.”
"80% Tempranillo, 9% Mazuelo, 8% Garnacha, 3% Graciano. Aged for 29 months in American oak barriques.
So traditional! Loads of sweet vanilla scent. Oaked and proud of it. Rich, opulent black fruit gives great balance on the palate. Excellent winemaking to have that oak so well integrated. Only just reaching its drinking window, with semi-firm tannins and plenty of persistence. Likely to be very long lived. I love how unapologetic this is! 17.5/20 points. (RH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Marques de Murrieta Reserva is a traditional Rioja wine crafted in the classic Murrieta signature style and enjoying all the benefits of modern winemaking philosophy, equipment and techniques. Made from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, this wine embodies ripe fruit qualities with a perfect balance of acidity, supple roundness on the palate and a hint of new oak. The Marques de Murrieta vineyards on the 741-acre Ygay Estate are located in Rioja Alta between 320 meters to 485 meters above sea level. Food Pairing: Pairs beautifully with roasted pumpkin, dried fruits and fermented garlic, or steamed and grilled bream with roasted spring onion, red wine and beet cream. It also works with desserts such as red wine sorbet with chocolate chips.