2001 was a spectacular vintage in Rioja and many producers rolled out their rarely used Reserva Especial labels to celebrate. Marques de Murrieta is one of the oldest and most respected Bodegas in Rioja, so when they opt to make an Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, we should all take note. With a reputation for being one of the richest and most age-worthy Gran Reservas, Castillo Ygay is a wine for the cellar.
The 2001 Castillo Ygay is unusual for a Gran Reserva in that it could use some time in the bottle to integrate. Right now, it's dense and plush with lots of sweet oak adding a bit of a prune element to the palate, but underneath all that sweetness is an incredibly complex and long wine. So deep and seamless on the palate already, it could be hard to wait. This will reward additional cellaring with a fascinating array of herb, spice and savory elements adding detail to the brilliant core of cherry fruit.