Yjar - 2017 - Rioja Red - 750 ml.
Varietal: Tempranillo - Graciano - Garnacha
Vintage: 2017 - Size: 750 ml. - Type: redYJAR 2017, is really beyond the vintage, delivering a wonderful wine in such a challenging vintage. It has a deep bright garnet color. Its nose gracefully gets out of the glass with a complex, fragrant, and harmonious notion of black raspberries figs, spicy notes of star anise, cloves and green pepper, with a core of warm red and black currants and a touch of pencil lead and dark chocolate. Rich intense and medium to full-bodied wine with round and layered silky tannins with a polished mouthfeel than vibrates with the chalky texture and fresh intensity that gives its very long finish.
The new top-of-the-range is the 2017 Yjar, a difficult name in most languages, selected because the property used to be managed by the Duque de Híjar—this is just a different spelling. It's a red produced with Tempranillo and a significant amount of Garnacha grapes from selected soils from Remelluri. It's a wine that transcends the vintage, with spicy notes, a complex and changing nose, really harmonious, serious, with super sleek tannins, seamless with a polished mouthfeel with a chalky finish. This is a separate project and with a different style from Remelluri (closer, perhaps, to the style of the personal wines from Telmo Rodríguez. It's a wine that will be sold through the Place de Bordeaux, the result of their understanding of the soils from the property, something they knew empirically but for which they now have a more scientific explanation. It feels younger and less developed than the classical wines from Remelluri. It matured mostly in foudre, and there is no trace of oak; the wine feels very young, clean and modern. It's a great effort for a challenging year. It should develop nicely in bottle. 7,000 bottles produced.
James Suckling: 97
Very ripe red with plums, figs, dark chocolate, walnuts and cloves. Full-bodied with round and layered tannins that show ripeness and intensity. Fruit-forward, but formed and powerful. Plush and high-toned. Savory finish. From 3.8 hectares of vineyards. It’s a field blend of tempranillo, graciano, garnacha, granegro and rojal. Shows the ripeness of the vintage with structure and freshness. Crazy wine. Outstanding first bottling of this wine, with global distribution only through negociations in Bordeaux. Better after 2025.