This wine shows that old dogs can be taught new tricks. Murrieta is about as traditional as they come in Rioja yet Dalmau is ultra modern.
To speak about Dalmau is to speak about Canajas, a unique single vineyard within our 741-acre (300-hectare) Ygay Estate. The vines in that vineyard are more than 60 years old and are located at 465 meters altitude. Long maceration during fermentation, ageing in new French oak barrels and very limited production characterize the wine. This modern Rioja wine made from Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano perfectly reflects the innovations taking place at Marqués de Murrieta. The Cebrián-Sagarriga family, who in 1983 acquired the winery, established in 1852, has a distinct winemaking philosophy that is founded in the pursuit of quality and excellence through tradition and innovation.
Grapes are first carefully de-stemmed and then fermented both in a temperature controlled, stainless steel tank and a wooden vat for approximately 11 to 15 days, with daily “remontage” and “delestage” processes to obtain full potential of the perfect-condition grapes. While Tempranillo ferments in a stainless steel deposit, Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano ferment individually in wooden vats. The grapes are vinified separately to keep their peculiarities intact. The wine ages for 20 months in 225 L new French oak barrels and then 12 months in the bottle before release.
Grapes were manually harvested in boxes. The Tempranillo was picked on September 29th, the Cabernet on October 5th and the Graciano on September 28th. 74% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Graciano
Dalmau pairs well with red meats, roasts and game. It is excellent with cheeses. We recommend you decant the wine 40 minutes before serving it at 16º to 18º C.
Wine Enthusiast - Marc Squires - May 01, 2014
93 Points "Lusty blackberry and cassis aromas ride onto a balanced, fresh palate, while flavors of red berry, chocolate, fig and various spices finish nicely, with a tobacco-like note. This could use another year or so to settle; drink from 2015 on."
The Wine Advocate - Luis Gutierrez - December 01, 2013
94 Points They didn’t bottle Dalmau in 2008, so they are already releasing the 2009 Dalmau Reserva now, which shows a more modern profile than the Reserva or the Castillo de Ygay... It displays a dark ruby color, a serious nose with some balsamic, minty notes, and aromas of licorice, cedar wood, smoke, cigar ash, a mixture of red and black fruit, and spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. It feels more Atlantic than Mediterranean. The palate is round and elegant, with great acidity, a multi-dimensional character, and a very long finish. 22,500 bottles were filled. Drink 2014-2028.
Wine Spectator - T.M. - October 01, 2013
92 Points "Rich, ripe flavors of blackberry and black cherry mingle with savory notes of licorice, tobacco and clove in this plush, lively red. Features a generous texture, with enough acidity for balance and freshness."
International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - September 01, 2013
93 Points "The 2009 Dalmau Reserva has explosively perfumed aromas of cherry compote, cassis, vanilla and pipe tobacco, with smoky and floral overtones. Lush and open-knit, it offers deeply concentrated dark fruit and floral pastille flavors complicated by sweet vanilla and mocha nuances. This wine clings with superb tenacity on the gently tannic finish, leaving behind notes of dark berry liqueur and rose pastille."
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