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Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva 2008

Member Review by Nicki Gig:

combination of red and dark berry fruit components, very structured, a little rustic, cedar and earthy as well

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Bodegas Muga:
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. 

Member Reviews for Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/10/2011

combination of red and dark berry fruit components, very structured, a little rustic, cedar and earthy as well

Snooth User: EMark
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/06/2014

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

Snooth User: spikedc
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/27/2011

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.

Snooth User: ccsauvignon
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/08/2011

Four glasses

Snooth User: bachiman
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/30/2013

Four glasses

External Reviews for Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva

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Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Black cherry mingles with light herbal and smoky flavors in this firm, fresh red, with an earthy note adding depth. The tannins are firm, the acidity fresh. Light-bodied, but has drive. Drink now through 2014.

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Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

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.

External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

This red is focused and graceful, with black cherry and tart plum flavors framed by leafy, smoky and minerally notes. Shows a good balance of light tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2015.

External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Full-bodied and pushing up against raisiny and baked, but it draws back at the final moment and competently settles into its richness and ripeness. Generous and dark in the mouth, with meaty tannins and flavors of black raspberry, plum and mocha. On the finish, therersquo;s a hint of fresh tomato to go with vanilla and leftover berries. Drink now through 2013.

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Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

The 2004 Muga Reserva is dark ruby-colored with an enticing nose of pain grille, pencil lead, crushed stone, and blackberry. This leads to an elegant wine with layers of flavor, several years of aging potential, and a lengthy finish.

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Vintage: 2007 01/10/2013

The 2007 Reserva has an attractive, bashful bouquet that demands coaxing, with scents of singed leather and allspice. The palate is very well-balanced with crisp tannin. It is a little rustic but there is a surfeit of personality. It has lovely leafy red fruit married with white pepper and leather towards the meaty finish. Drink 2015andndash;2030.

External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Bright ruby. Vibrant, seductive perfume of black raspberry, powdered rose, anise and minerals. Weighty but lively cherry and dark berry flavors are brightened by zesty minerals, picking up a candied licorice quality with aeration. The finish repeats the deep dark berry note and leaves exotic flowers and minerals behind. Very elegant wine that suavely blends richness and finesse.

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