When it comes to affordable luxury, Castillo Ygay has it written all over the bottle. My 12 Wines of Christmas list isn’t meant to be a “best of the year” kind of list, it’s wines that are exceptional and exceptionally priced. This vintage was selling for around $40-$60 a bottle which seems like a steal compared to other red wines of this caliber.
Holiday dinners are a time for celebration and good food. This is the kind of wine you bring out for those occasions, and because it’s so well priced you can afford to have a few bottles on hand to make sure everybody gets some. And then some more
Practically an instant classic upon release this vintage of Ygay is made with Tempranillo and a bit of Mazuelo grapes from the finest vineyard sites. It gives you everything you could want and more from Rioja—sweet red fruits, dried/cooked plums, dried flowers and of course a little damp North Carolina tobacco leaf. There’s a smidgeon of oxidation or possible a little brett on the nose but it’s a bit player in the band along with a little leather, iodine and baked earthy components.
It should be widely available and should be widely consumed. If you’re opening a bottle (or three) send me a tweet and I’ll be right over to make sure it’s okay for free. What else can you get for free?