Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva 2008

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Another example of why Spanish wines are such good buys. Medium-bodied and some up-front fruit--cherries, mostly--but also some vanilla. Tartness... Read more

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

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 com... Read more

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Snooth User: EMark
8478044,753
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: Nicki Gig
1783064,201
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: spikedc
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/28/2011

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.


External Reviews for Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva

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Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

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.


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Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

(This is Mugarsquo;s modern-style Rioja, aged for 22 months in American oak vats, then 16 months in new Allier barriques; as with the other Muga Riojas, this is bottled without filtration) Medium red-ruby. Subdued fruit aromas of plum, currant and raspberry, plus coffee, smoke and spice from the oak. Juicy but backward; extremely young and tightly wound. This has fruit of steel, with strong acids contributing to the winersquo;s sharp flavor definition and powerful impression of spine. Juicy, sappy finish is very long and aromatic. Decant this highly concentrated wine for at least a few hours or cellar it for a decade.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

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.


External Review
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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

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.


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Ratings & Tags for Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva

632343 Snooth User: spikedc
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5.00 5
2007 08/27/2012

79126 Snooth User: Halo21
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2007 11/07/2011

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2007 09/08/2011

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2004 09/30/2013

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