Original Gift Box ; Single Bottle - Standard - 750mlStarting bid HK$6,380.00
Lovely deep ruby and brick color, quite clear. Alluring nose (bit lifted?) with chocolate, spice, light earthy and dried fruit aromas. Quite round and rich on the palate, sweet/tart raisin flavors, with notes of tobacco, currant and spice. Tannins resolved, lovely supple texture. Long finish of fruit and spices.--Marqués de Murrieta vertical. Drink now.
The 1942 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial from a great Rioja vintage spent a mind-boggling 40 years in American oak barriques before it was bottled in 1983. Dark cherry red in color with a garnet rim, it offers up a splendid perfume of earth, mineral, lavender, incense, and black cherry. The wine’s vibrant acidity has kept it youthful and complete. This is a tour de force. Marques de Murrieta is a family owned bodega impeccably run by V. Dalmau Cebrian-Sagarriga who took over from his father in 1996. The estate owns 741 acres of vineyard and is in the process of making dramatic improvements to the physical plant. The Bodega manages to straddle the traditional style with the Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva and the modern style with Dalmau. A bit of white wine is also produced but now in a modern style unlike the white wines described below. During my visit to Marques de Murrieta in May 2010, Senor Cebrian-Sagarriga was kind of enough to open a number of venerable bottles to demonstrate the estate’s history.