Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Riserva Rioja 2017

Critical Acclaim: 99 pts Guia Proensa; 99 pts Guia Gourmets; 97 pts James Suckling; 96 pts Tim Atkin; 94 pts Robert Parker; 94 pts Vinous. 

About the Wine: This is a selection of the best fruit available from the old vines 9-hectare (22-acre) Canajas vineyard, located at 465 meters above sea level, within the 300-hectare Ygay Estate, in Rioja Alta. Its soil is mainly iron-clay, with a stony topsoil, wich favours an optimal ripening. They select bunches with small berries, in order to limit production up to 1 kilogram per vine.

Winemaker Tasting Notes: The nose is defined by deep ripe black fruit with hints of black spices, balsamic and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, juicy tannins and endless spicy finish. Powerful, round and solid. A Dalmau with strong character, more concentrated and expressive compared to its predecessors. 

Serving Suggestion: Marinated venison, with juniper-scented chocolate sauce and berries; beef sirloin steak tartar. 

Varietal: 80% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Graciano. 

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