Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Rioja 2017

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"The 2017 Dalmau Reserva is a serious and age-worthy red. It was produced with 80% Tempranillo and 10% each Graciano and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Pago Canalejas within the Ygay Estate, nine hectares planted back in 1945 at 465 meters in altitude. Each variety, harvested at different times in the second half of September. It is matured in French oak barrels for 19 months. What I tasted was not yet bottled, but it was in concrete waiting for the 2020 harvest to finish to be bottled. The samples I tasted have a lot more Graciano, and they are taking more risk, going for more concentration, body and structure, trying to keep the elegance. It's dark and it's very powerful, very spicy but not really dominated by the Cabernet (other vintages have had a lot more Cabernet), and I see more of the Graciano in the blend than the Cabernet; it has the power. This feels very powerful, so I would wait a few years for it. It will be bottled at 14.5% alcohol. Some 17,000 bottled produced. Drink 2023 - 2029." 93-94 points." (Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #251, October 2020)

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