Dalmau Rioja Reserva 2016 Wooden Box Set x 3
96 points, “Wine of the Year 2020” – Tim Atkin MW
95 points, “This has all the traces to be the most elegant and finest vintage of Dalmau to date.” – Wine Advocate
Dalmau is Marqués de Murrieta’s most modern Rioja and this gift box will allow the recipient to chart its progress over the next decade: one for now, one for five years’ time and another to open after ten years. This makes it a special Christmas gift for Rioja and Bordeaux fans or a wedding present that can be revisited on significant anniversaries.
Only a handful of wines in Rioja use Cabernet Sauvignon and Dalmau does it to dazzling effect. The Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano grapes are harvested from the Canajas vineyard on the Ygay Estate. These then undergo a strict selection process, only the finest grapes getting through and around 50% being discarded. The wine is then matured in French oak casks for 23 months. The resulting Rioja Reserva is herby with notes of balsamic reduction, crème de cassis, hedgerow brambles, dark chocolate, granary toast, cedar and vanilla cream. Consider partnering it with slow-cooked meats such as game, oxtail and roast lamb, or dishes with real depth of flavour like Hungarian goulash, Mexican mole, cassoulet, roasts and grills.
Establishing his winery in 1852, Luciano Murrieta produced the first-ever Rioja, exported before anyone else in the region, and built a grand “château” on the Ygay Estate inspired by Bordeaux. So that tells you where the idea to include Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine came from.
£11.78 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2806880
Style No.: 701537
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