2005 Marqués de Murrieta Finca Ygay Reserva, DOCa Rioja
Did you know the gentlemen who owns this estate is an actual Marquis? I'd like to be a Marquis. Or a Duke. Or a Count. That's so ridiculously badass I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I had a title.
Rioja needs to wake up and see how valuable their tradition of releasing only mature wines on the market is. They don't need to be Ribera del Duero, they don't need to be Toro. The tempranillo produced here is subtle, and needs significant aging in both barrel and bottle before release - otherwise, what's the point? This is one of those wines that gives a fabulous experience in traditional Rioja. Ripe strawberries, earthy, some spice, slight vanilla from the oak - turns savoury, dense, with sweet fruit on the texture. Ah yes, drinking Rioja in the dark, just like the nobility.