Bodegas Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea 1998
Only the finest grapes produced by Bodegas Muga go into to this late release Tempranillo Grenache blend. Deep red brick in color almost brown this wine drinks like a Spanish Brunello revealing a delicious balance of earth and fruit. This wine sees one year in large oak vats three years in new Bordeaux barriques and a minimum of three years in bottle.
Must have for Rioja lovers. Medium to full bodied with classic tempranillo notes of leather and coffee to balance the fruit and spice.
Outstanding now, slightly grabs the tonge but complex fruits and long finish Wonderful, Wish I had more
Exceptional - Wonderful aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant, leather and coffee, silky taste, excellent balance and long finish, in a broad-shouldered and imposing bottle. A little bit expensive!
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This seems eminently ageworthy; it has the strong foundation and pulsing acidity required of a true cellar dweller. The raspberry and plum fruit have a beam of acidity and the tannins are not shy. Shows all the hallmarks of a fine modern Rioja: power, purity and balance.
Plush and harmonious, this red is alluring yet subtle, with intense flavors backed by an impressive structure. Look for black currant, cocoa, cigar box and mineral notes now, and expect further complexity as this evolves. Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano. Drink now through 2020.
This red marries elegance and concentration, with ripe plum and blackberry flavors, toasty, cola-scented oak notes and lovely spice accents. A bit tightly wound now, it should be gorgeous with a bit of age. Best from 1999 through 2010.
This vintage of Torre Muga leads with its dazzling complexity, then wallops you with richness. It's easy to get caught up in the whirl of spice rising from the glass, coriander, sandalwood, tobacco leaf, the milk chocolate hint of oak; it's an intellectual pleasure. Then from the first sip there's the sensual pleasure, too, of packed cherry and raspberry fruit, of the dense silky texture, and of those gripping tannins that pull the finish into line. Delicious as it is now, this deserves a decade in the cellar, when it will provide a layered accompaniment to herb-rubbed leg of lamb.
Saturated ruby. Exotically perfumed, syrah-like bouquet of red and dark berries, violet, smoky bacon and graphite, with a vanillin oak spice undertone adding an exotic touch. Fleshy, palate-staining cassis and bitter cherry flavors are brightened by piquant minerality and firmed by fine-grained tannins. Cracked pepper and mace qualitites come up on the long, silky finish. Extremely suave and strikingly complex wine with excellent balance.
The new luxury Rioja, the 1995 Torre Muga Reserva Especial (75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, and 10% Graciano), was kept 22 months in large American oak vats and then moved to 100% new French oak for 16 months. There are approximately 5,000 cases of this gorgeous Rioja, which has managed to endure significant oak aging, yet retain remarkable levels of fruit, complexity, and richness. The Lafite-Rothschild of Rioja, it offers elegant, spicy, cedary, black cherry, mineral, and toasty aromas. Medium to full-bodied, with harmony among its component parts, this is a wine of exceptional grace, richness, length, and overall symmetry. It can be drunk now, but promises to improve for 12ndash;20 years. Impressive!
A selection from Mugarsquo;s oldest vineyards in Villalba, Torre Muga packs all the machismo of an alta expresioacute;n wine, chewy, dense and powerful. It lasts on tough, mineral-inflected tannin and generous black cherry flavor, the fruit component substantial enough to fill the structure completely. Itrsquo;s balanced in its power, juicy and firm, needing years to fully develop.
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