Muga Reserva 2009
Wine: "It is one of the most elegant and complete harvests of recent times. Despite its youthfulness, three and a half years at the time of this tasting, we can already have a sense of the satisfactions it holds in store for us. In appearance it is a wine with not the least sign of evolution: purplish-red with an even robe and barely translucent. On the nose it is a harvest which can easily be recognized for the significant difference in its fruit characteristics compared to previous vintages. More of the fruit with pips tan of fruit with stones, accompanied by perfectly ripe red berries. This is all underpinned by hints of mainly white flowers (this is not a normal characteristic of Muga crianza/reserva vines), and a very full spectrum of oaky spices without any one of them clearly dominating. The aromas conclude with subtle hints of toasting and leather." "In the retro-olfaction the same descriptors can be used but the toasted nuances and leather tones gain in importance. The attack is surprisingly pleasant if we remember that this wine does not usually become rounded until it is 4-5 years old. We can find soft tannins with no sharp edges. It has a good, very long finish. This is a wine packed with character and with an evolution which recalls the magnificent 2005 vintage." - Winery Vinification: "Fermentation in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. Aged for 24 months in oak casks selected from our own cooperage. before bottling the wine is fined using fresh egg whites. Once bottled the wine is rounded off in the bottle for a further minimum of twelve months in our bottle cellar." - Winery Vineyard: "Bodegas Muga vineyards are located on the foot of the Montes Obarenses, within the area called Rioja Alta. The site climate is exceptional due to, on the one hand, the singular geography and orientation of the vines and on the other hand, the surrounding climates - Mediterranian, Atlantic and Continental climates are combined harmoniously thus creating a suitable climatic site for growing grape. The soil in this area is mostly clay and limestone, divided in small terroirs with different physical and chemical qualities between them; thus each terroir has a unique and defined personality. This abundance of climatic influences and different soils define prolonged stages in the vine growth cycle. The growth will be complex and delicate, key to the potential quality of the wines in this area Bodegas Muga owns 620 acres of vineyards but it also has control over 370 acres owned by vine growers in the area. The grape varieties grown are Tempranillo (the essence), Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano for the red wines; and Viura and Malvasia are used for the white wines." - Winery This wine was also rated 88 Points by the Wine Spectator.
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.