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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar
Region: Rioja, Spain
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 120620
The Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2001 is a complex and elegant classic. This Gran Reserva Especial is made from Tempranillo and Mazuelo from vineyards located at 500 meters above sea level. The winemaking process has ensured maximum color and aroma without producing excessive tannin.
I reported on the current release, the 2001 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, previously but underrated it slightly. This cuvee is sourced from a single plot called La Plana planted at over 1500 feet of elevation. It is made up of 93% Tempranillo and 7% Mazuelo chosen for its acidity. The wine is aged for 10 months in new American oak followed by 21 months in seasoned oak. It is then held in bottle for 3-4 years prior to release. Deeply colored, spicy, elegant and complex, the wine has great volume and grip as well as exceptional length. It can be approached now but will easily have a 30 year lifespan.
Medium red. Impressively complex bouquet of dried red fruits, tobacco, cedar and potpourri. A spicy, subtly sweet midweight, offering lively redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and very soft tannins. The smoky finish features a strong echo of cedary spice. Incidentally, the 2004 Dalmau seems to be slowly eating up its strong oak component, as a bottle that I recently tasted is showing more vibrant red fruit than last year.