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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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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.
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(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.
Deep and earthy, and packing more than a punch. This is big-time modern Rioja in brash form. The nose is gorgeous, dealing milk chocolate and fresh soil. The palate is a tight blend of tannins, acids and zesty flavors. Big and hedonistic for sure, but yoursquo;ll love the plum, pepper and espresso flavors. Still feverishly tannic; hold at least until 2005.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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