2011 Marques De Murrieta
Dalmau Reserva Rioja Spain
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Powerful yet balanced, this red shows density with freshness. The black cherry and currant flavors are ripe, while floral, mineral and toasty notes keep this lively. Well-integrated tannins and firm acidity keep this focused. Drink now through 2026. 129 cases imported.–TM Wine Spectator 93
Brilliant violet color. Intense aromas of fresh dark berries, cherry compote, pipe tobacco and vanilla, with a jolt of peppery spices adding vivacity. Stains the palate with deep blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors, showing impressive energy and back-end lift. Smoke and vanilla notes carry through a sweet, tenacious, youthfully tannic finish.
-- Josh Raynolds 92 Vinous
Same as they didn't do Dalmau in 2008 they didn't bottle it in the 2010 vintage, and the next one will be the 2011 Dalmau Reserva, which will be released in March-April 2015. Dalmau is the most "international" of all their wines, but is a wine from Ygay because the Cabernet they have in their vineyards is now 56 years old and is part of the estate and you also feel more the smoky notes and the earthy, peat-like minerality. The maximum amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (or other experimental varieties, generically referred to as "Others," any varieties that were planted before 1956) is 15% and it also contains 6% Graciano, the rest being, of course Tempranillo. The varieties are fermented and aged in barrel separately, then assembled and matured in cement vats for a good 8-9 months. This 2011 is considered internally a perfect vintage for Ygay and has a very Atlantic, Bordeaux-like nose that is serious and concentrated. This is a cuvée that used to be quite oaky, but this has changed radically and the earthy personality is much stronger, and the oak is perfectly integrated, and even if it's extremely young is perfectly drinkable and showing classical aromas of cigar box, cedar wood and lead pencil. The texture is creamy and even if the tannins are velvety and the acidity is fine, just the complexity you will gain with a couple of years in bottle would payback a little patience. It's a matter of personal preference and the style in this wine is quite strong, but this is objectively a great vintage for Dalmau. 20,000 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 94