Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Aro 2004
[95 pts Wine Spectator] 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. 2000 cases imported.
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.
External Reviews for Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Aro
Deep ruby cast. Moderately full-bodied. Full acidity. Moderately extracted. Heavily oaked. Mildly tannic. toasted coconut, vanilla, black fruits. Quite aromatic with a generous overlay of sweet oak flavors and a core of ripe fruit. Rich and extracted in the mouth, with acidity lending a zesty quality to the finish. Intense and flavorful.
Beautifully aromatic, with notes of cassis, lilacs, coffee and spices, this sinuous Spanish red is polished and elegant, yet dense with fruit, oak and earthy flavors that linger and expand on the long finish. An extraordinary marriage of typicity and sophistication. Drink now through 2010.
Lush and ripe. Rich plum and cherry flavors are wrapped in toasty oak and supported by muscular tannins in this exuberant red. A bit clumsy now, but vivid and deep. Best from 2003 through 2008.
A dazzling effort from this traditionally run bodega, the 1994 Torre Muga is a terrific Rioja. A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo and 10% Grenache, this wine emerges from the estatersquo;s oldest vines, and is aged in small barriques. A breakthrough in what will undoubtedly be a bevy of cult Riojas, made from old vines, and aged in small casks, this is a full-bodied, superbly-concentrated, fragrant, multi-dimensional wine. The color is a deep, dark ruby with some lightening at the edge. The nose offers up sweet scents of black cherry liqueur, raspberries, licorice, smoke, lead pencil, and pain grilleacute;. In the mouth, there are lush layers of fruit that cascade over the palate, as well as full body and gobs of glycerin. This Rioja possesses gorgeous sweetness of fruit (from extract, not sugar), as well as impeccable purity and overall harmony. Anticipated maturity: nowndash;2015. This wine spent 22 months in American oak vats, followed by 16 months in 100% new Allier oak casks!
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.
A new offering, and another of the super cuveacute;es to emerge from this regionhellip; The concept behind this wine is to produce a luxury cuveacute;e of Rioja based on a selection of the finest lots of wine. Aging for 22 months in large American oak vats was followed by 16 months in small new French oak casks. While the price may be high, it is not out of line with the quality of the wine. A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, and 10% Graciano, the wine boasts a dark garnet color, and an intense, fragrant nose of spicy, toasty, new oak, smoke, black fruits, and minerals. Full-bodied, rich, and powerful, as well as elegant and harmonious, this wine is still youthful despite the fact it is six years old. Give it another 2ndash;3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15ndash;18 years. It is an unevolved wine, yet quite impressive!
This Spanish red is rich and polished, its beautiful aromas of cocoa and coffee testifying to the winemakerrsquo;s deft use of oak. Itrsquo;s balanced and long, offers ripe lively flavors of fresh blackberries and plums. Decant one hour before serving. Impressive now, better with some cellaring. Best after 2002.
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