Other than the rare Castillo de Ygay, whose next potential vintage could be 1998, the one white produced at Marqués de Murrieta is the 2014 Capellanía. It's pure Viura from the vineyard inside the estate that names the wine, six hectares planted in 1945. The bunches were pressed in a vertical press, and the wine was let to settle before fermenting in stainless steel for 24 days. 2014 was a challenging year, and Viura is also sensitive to botrytis. So, they had to be careful with the picking date, the first grapes to be harvested in the first half of September. The wine matured in new French oak barrels for 15 months. This is a lighter vintage, and the nose has developed a little faster. This has complexity and nuance, and in a way, it reminds me of the 2013, also a cooler year. 44,568 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2018.
This Gran Reserva offers an attractive red ruby coulour, starting to show some orange nuances in the border of the glass, sign of its noble ageing. It delivers a remarkable aromatic intensity in the nose, displaying a bouquet with ripe fruits and raisin integrated with a toasted and balsamic character. After sometime in the glass these aromas evolve towards seductive traces of infusions, spices and tobacco. The attack in the mouth is very soft, developing anunctuous and round sensation with silky tannins, lively and fresh. Finally, the after taste is long and persistant, recovering memories of fruits and toasted traces, and leaves a pleasant freshness.
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