Bodegas Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea 2006
Dark purple. Powerful blueberry, cassis, rose oil, licorice and mocha on the explosive nose. Broad and sweet in the mouth, with potent dark fruit and floral pastille flavors complicated by spicecake and cracked pepper. Finishes with smooth, even tannins and outstanding persistence, leaving behind notes of licorice, floral pastilles and smoky minerals.Add winemaker's notes
Bodegas Muga is a celebrated winery in the Railway District in the town of Haro in Rioja, Spain. Moved to the present location in 1971 by the children of founder Isaac Muga Martinez, Muga Winery was been producing a variety of wines since its founding in 1932. Bodegas Muga currently is in control of one thousand acres of fertile wine growing land, and is one of the few wineries in the world that owns its own cooperage.
Dark, almost black, in color with streaks of midnight blue. Notes of black cherry, dark bitter chocolate and freshly ground coffee with a slight veil of vanilla that appears right at the end bouquet, is intoxicating. Viscous and dense in the mouth, with firm tannins, big acidity and lots of oak, it's immediately clear that this wine needs amble time to open and develop. Rich, spicy on the palate, while bursting with dark cherry and charcoal flavors, make sure you decant this well before you intend to drink it. This is a big wine that needs a lot of patience to experience its full glory!
Elegant and rustic if that's possible. Nose with hints of barnyard and sweet spice. In the mouth ripe sour red cherry and berry, spice, pepper. Finish of same. Medium body, medium acid, medium tannin.
Very tasty! Floral and feminine, but possesses nice strength. 94 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12
This 2004 Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain is very good. Deep ruby color with a mid to tight rim variation. Fruit notes of black cherry and plum with a hint of licorice. It has a long finish on the palette with low acidity. This wine is in its peak (2011 - 2016). Best served chilled to 62 degrees, double decanted, and served with a chicken & choriso paella.
look = 6/10, smell = 14/20, taste = 15/20; total = 35/50
Nose with Mokka, Plum, Cherry and some Blackforest smoked ham. On the palate the Tannins are still dominant and there is a lack of fruit in relation to the oak. Already a great wine, but some more years are necessary to perfection.
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Dark purple. Powerful blueberry, cassis, rose oil, licorice and mocha on the explosive nose. Broad and sweet in the mouth, with potent dark fruit and floral pastille flavors complicated by spicecake and cracked pepper. Finishes with smooth, even tannins and outstanding persistence, leaving behind notes of licorice, floral pastilles and smoky minerals.
The 2010 Torre Muga, was one of the first new-wave Riojas and it has already demonstrated that it ages in a classical style (first vintage was 1991), but winemaking has gained much in precision since that first vintage, the different varieties are picked and fermented separately and you can feel a much more compact and balanced wine in recent vintages, with more subtle and better integrated oak. It is sourced from the oldest family vineyards blending 70% Tempranillo, 20% Graciano and 10% Mazuelo, picked and fermented separately in 2,000- and 8,000-liter oak vats, blended after malolactic and aged in new French oak barrels for 16 months. It’s quite dark, opaque and surprisingly aromatic (because I expected it to be closed and hard as nails) with notes of flowers, ripe fruit and some lactic, smoky and spicy tones from the French barrels. It’s a structured wine, with slightly dusty tannins, pungent and clean acidity, great balance, combining power and elegance. 40,000 bottles produced. It’s still a baby that will require a couple of years to show its true face and will age into a beautiful Rioja. Drink 2016–2030.
The 2010 Torre Muga was one of the first new-wave Riojas and it has already demonstrated that it ages in a classical style (first vintage was 1991) but winemaking has gained much in precision since that first vintage the different varieties are picked and fermented separately and you can feel a much more compact and balanced wine in recent vintages with more subtle and better integrated oak. It is sourced from the oldest family vineyards blending 70% Tempranillo 20% Graciano and 10% Mazuelo
TASTING Notes: The wine faithfully expresses the climatology that prevailed during the vintage, showing itself to be balanced and very juicy. Its easy-drinking character and “good manners” surprise you, even when you remember that it is only three years’ old and it is from a zone which usually needs more bottle time. That said, you can make allowance for the occasional rough edges on the palate which are of little importance and will round themselves off very quickly. The nose is attractive with fresher fruit than we are used to find in this wine. Very precise balance between red berry fruit and oaky spiciness which have still not fully integrated. The aromas show marked dimorphism. On the one hand, the fruit is complex, difficult to pin down, and on the other we have very clearly defined spices: black pepper, cloves, vanilla and a little charcoal. In the back of the nasal cavity the spiciness dominates, a little drier, but more elegant and much richer in nuances. The fruit only returns after a few seconds in the aftertaste where we again find the red berries and something which seems similar to peaches and ripe plums. In appearance it is rather more reddish than purple at the rim suggesting excellent acidity, boding well for the future. VINIFICATION: This wine is aged for 6 months in wooden vats, 18 months in new French oak barrels and at least 12 months in bottle. GRAPES: 75% Tempranillo 15% Mazuelo 10% Graciano
Raised for 16 months in French oak and inspired by the familys respect for Bordeaux the 2009 Torre Muga has a very primal bouquet with creme de cassis black currant and vanilla with fine delineation although it is very tight at the moment. The palate is full-bodied with grippy bold assertive tannins and layers of dense black mocha-tinged fruit with hints of white pepper. It has great power and volume without compromising balance although it requires several years in bottle. Drink 2018-2035. 92+ -Neal Martin Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Tiefdunkles Rot mit schwarzem Kern. Dunkles, komplexes Bouquet mit Noten von getrockneten Früchten, Kräuter, Leder, Tabak, Rauch und etwas Stahl. Sehr dicht gewobene Struktur, kernige noch etwas trockene Gerbstoffe, kühl wirkend, lang anhaltend!
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