Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Cosecha 1978

86 points

Rioja, Spain. 13%

Fascinating wine. Still going strong at 33 years old. It’s unsurprisingly an old fashioned very oaked style, almost retsina like. American oak with plenty of varnishy acidity on the finish. With warmer roasted nuts upfront.

Fascinating but not profound. Greater mid palate fruit depth is needed to make this wine exciting.

And the oak influence seems to prevent the development of wonderful complex mature fruit characters seen in old bottles of Bordeaux or Shiraz.

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