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Capellania 2016 Blanco Reserva

MARQUES DE MURRIETA CAPELLANIA 2016 BLANCO RESERVA ~ 100% Viura ~ 13.5% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr.

96TA / 95JS / 94RP

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Marqués de Murrieta
María Vargas
DOCa Rioja

5 bottles in stock


"Murrieta's delicious white, first made in 2001, has shifted in style in recent years towards greater freshness and less focus on oxidative handling, but this remains a pretty traditional style. Sourced from a single plot at 500 metres, it's an intense, spicy Viura with lots of colour, flavours of citrus, saffron and honey and thrilling acidity. 2021-35."

96 Points | Tim Atkin MW | | Rioja 2020 Special Report | 3 February 2020


"A white with pretty vanilla, toasted-wood, cooked-apple and lemon character. Medium to full body, creamy texture and a flavorful finish. One of the benchmark whites for Rioja. 16 months in French oak and so balanced. Drink or hold."

95 Points | James Suckling | | 21 September 2020


"I was really looking forward to the 2016 Capellanía, the white that inherited the tradition of long aging in barrel that used to be the norm in Rioja until the 1980s. It's structured, and they strive for aging potential while keeping some of the varietal character. It comes from a plot on the Ygay property that gives the wine its name; it's their highest plot at 485 meters in altitude. The grapes were picked the 3rd and 4th of October from the six hectares, and the must from pressing the clusters fermented at 10 degrees Celsius in stainless steel. And without going through malolactic, the wine was put in mostly new oak barrels, where it matured for 16 months, and then it was kept in concrete until bottling. It has 13.5% alcohol and very good freshness and acidity, and it comes through as very dry. They love 2016 as a vintage, to the point that they will not release a red Castillo Ygay 2015 (which was considered a very good vintage), because they believe it would be overshadowed by 2016. This is their oldest vineyard, and it seems to have a mind of its own. So, it doesn't necessarily follow what the other ones do, and in a vintage that saw a large crop, it delivered lower yields and they produced a lot less. The wine is still quite oaky, but I consider this a wine for the medium and long term (I'm still waiting for my 2004s!); but after a couple of hours in the glass, it felt a lot more harmonious. The palate is textured, rich and serious, with a chalky sensation and a long, dry and tasty, almost salty finish. This should make a nice bottle of aged white Rioja. 39,411 bottles and 400 magnums produced. It was bottled in late January 2020. This will be released in the spring of 2021. Drink: 2022-2032."

94 Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #251 | 30 October 2020


2018 was the first harvest vinified in the new winery. After rebuilding the historical Castillo de Ygay, they decided to renovate the fermentation room. This year, the Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva was from the 2010 vintage, an excellent year in Rioja and one of the best in recent times for this iconic bottling. Their annual production averages 1.5 million bottles.

  • Drink: 2022 - 2032
  • Production: 39.411 bottles and 400 magnums
  • Treatment: 16 months in 225-liter new French oak barrels
  • Remarks: This should make a nice bottle of aged white Rioja...