Castillo Ygay 2009
Coming from the best grapes from the 40-hectare La Plana estate, planted in 1950 and located in the highest area of Finca Ygay at 485 meters above sea level. 81% Tempranillo, 19% Mazuelo.
The bunches are destemmed and gently squeezed. The grapes ferment separately in stainless steel tanks, with temperature control. The vatting lasts for 11 days during which continuous “pumping over” and “punching down” tasks are carried out to favor the contact of the must with the skins and cause a slow and natural extraction of aromas and polyphenols. Aged for 26 months in 225-liter American and French oak barrels.
COLOR: cereza poco intenso, borde granate
AROMA: elegante, fina reducción, fruta madura, ebanistería, especiado
BOCA: equilibrado, complejo, largo, taninos finos, fino amargor
Marqués de Murrieta didn't produce their top red in 2008, so I tasted the 2009 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial. In 2009, the final blend was Tempranillo with 19% Mazuelo (or Cariñena), one of the highest percentages of Mazuelo ever. The grapes are now sourced from the La Plana vineyard within the Ygay estate, one of the higher-altitude plots at 485 meters. The grapes fermented and aged separately, the Tempranillo in American oak barrels and the Mazuelo in French barriques for 26 months, given its power. It has that seriousness, character and somehow rusticity of the Mazuelo, austere, harmonious and still young. It has good depth and concentration, still young and lively with fine tannins and a backbone of freshness that lifts it up. It will develop for a very long time in bottle. This is a great classical Rioja for the long haul. 109,000 bottles and some larger formats were produced. It was bottled in October 2014. The prices are increasing but so is the quality. The following vintages will be 2010, 2011 and possibly 2012. I cannot wait to taste them...