Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva 2007
91+ points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): The 2007 Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo with the balance Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano aged initially for 6 months in wood vats followed by 24 months in 60% new French and American oak prior to bottling without filtration. It displays classic Rioja aromas of cedar, leather, mineral, a hint of balsamic, and assorted black fruits. Layered on the palate but slightly austere at present, it has the structure to evolve for another 4-6 years... Drink this impressive Rioja from 2015 to 2027. (Jun 2011)
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.
Another example of why Spanish wines are such good buys. Medium-bodied and some up-front fruit--cherries, mostly--but also some vanilla. Tartness around the edges is a delight. Very easy to drink without food, but I'll bet it is even better with. US$22.99 at the Wine Club in Santa Ana in 2012
combination of red and dark berry fruit components, very structured, a little rustic, cedar and earthy as well
I opened this and decanted it for about an hour or so to really let it open up and boy was it worth it. It was a lot darker in colour like ink compared with other Rioja's I've had lately. It had a beautiful nose of strawberries and vanilla with a little tobacco and earth thrown in. The real pleasure was in the tasting, silky smooth, elegant and not harsh at all. The balance was perfect with a slight initial biterness turning to a lovely sweetish finish. Strawberries were again evident in the taste with vanilla, oak and that leather so prevalent in a lot of Rioja but none of them were overpowering. This is up there with the better wines I've tasted.
External Reviews for Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva
The unfiltered, dark ruby/garnet-colored 1995 Reserva exhibits an attractive, smoky, dried herb, lead pencil, Graves-like bouquet with hints of sweet red currant fruit. The wine is flavorful and medium-bodied, with no hard edges. Toasty new oak makes an appearance along with cherry and currant flavors in the silky-smooth finish. Drink it over the next 2ndash;4 years, although I suspect it will last longer.
Another fine value from Spain is Mugarsquo;s 1992 Rioja Reserva Unfiltered. The wine exhibits a plum color, followed by a sweet, fragrant nose of ripe fruit, tobacco, smoke and vanilla. Dense and medium to full-bodied, with layers of spicy, ripe berry fruit. it is an expressive, youthful, yet authoritatively, powerful and flavorful Rioja to drink over the next 5ndash;6 years.
This spicy red has a food-friendly structure, firm but balanced. Subdued cherry flavors are less prominent than cola, cedar and herb notes, which will appeal to fans of the more traditional style. Drink now through 2002.
The 1998 Reserva Rioja (70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, and the rest Mazuelo and Graciano) was aged two years in French and American oak prior to being bottled without fiitration. Four thousand cases were exported to America. A sweet perfume of leather, cherries, forest floor, and spice box aromas is followed by a medium-bodied, supple, fresh Rioja meant to be consumed over the next 4ndash;5 years.
A classic dusty, red fruit nose and a ripe red fruit flavor. Plum and tobacco are complemented by spicy oak notes. This rustic style is earthy and medium bodied with an extended full finish. Enjoy with an aged Black Angus burger, with everything on it.
Medium red. Gamey red berry aromas complicated by tobacco, leather and mineral qualities; a gentle vanilla quality contributes to the old school impression. Pliant red fruit flavors take on a firm edge with air, as well as a riper bitter cherry character. Finishes with solid tannic grip; this is pretty interesting already but should loosen up in a couple of years.
Black figs infuse this winersquo;s superripeness with complexity. Itrsquo;s smoky and generous; the tannic grip will mellow in the company of braised beef.
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