Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Reserva 2005
Established in 1852, Murrieta are one of the oldest and most respected bodegas of Rioja. Their wines are made in a "classic" Rioja style and receive long ageing in barrel before release. Their wines are concentrated and long-lived, both red and white, and some - like the Gran Reserva "Castillo Ygay" - have become legendary amongst Rioja-lovers. Marqués de Murrieta have not stood back and stagnated however: Their 300 hectare estate now has Cabernet Sauvignon planted for their Dalmau blend which represents Murrieta’s avante-garde expression of Riojan terroir. The grapes are first carefully de-stemmed and then fermented both in a temperature controlled, stainless steel tank and a wooden vat for aproximately 11-15 days, with daily “remontage” and “delestage” processes, in order to obtain full potential of the perfect condition grapes. While Tempranillo ferments in a stainless steel deposit, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano ferment in a wooden vat. The grapes are vinified separately to keep their peculiarities intact. This is excellent with most red meats, roasts and game and also with strong cheeses.
Marques de Murrieta is a family business in an almost "romantic" sense of the world. This project is a way of life, where is impossible to cut the ties that bind our wines and our family.