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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

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.

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.

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

(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

Focused and balanced, this vivacious red delivers black cherry, mineral, mint and citrus peel flavors, with firm but well-integrated tannins and a fresh, floral finish. Drink now through 2012.

External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Deep red. Highly fragrant, Bordeaux-like bouquet of red berries, smoky minerals, flowers and camphor. Supple red and dark berry flavors stain the palate and are given spine by juicy minerality. The fruit expands on the finish, which is strikingly sweet, broad and persistent. This smokes pretty much any Bordeaux that I can think of for close to this price.

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