Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva 2008
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 2012Add winemaker's notes
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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