Marques de Murrieta Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Rioja 1998

For the first time in history, a Spanish white wine obtains the highest score from Wine Advocate. This milestone highlights the ongoing commitment that has always characterized Marques de Murrieta and the Cebrian-Sagarriga family. Celebrating its 165th anniversary, the oldest winery in Rioja, led by Vicente Cebrian-Saggarriga, Count of Creixell, is more alive than ever.

Rioja, Spain
This is mostly Viura with perhaps a pinch of Malvasía Riojana (aka Alarije).

Along with Lopez de Heredia, Marques de Murrieta is one of Rioja’s wineries that is known for the quality of their Gran Reserva whites. These rich, bright, oaky yet acid-forward wines seem to age for an eternity. Compared to Tondonia Blanco, perhaps Murrieta’s whites are a bit richer and more tropical, though still wonderfully mineral and full of drive. White Riojas aged for long periods of time in barrel and bottle are absolutely one of the true originals in the world of wine.

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