Muga Reserva


750 ML


Product Description

Bright ruby red wine with medium intensity of colour, giving an impression of liveliness and excellent evolution in the bottle. Perhaps what most defines this vintage is the wines aroma, with a floral character which almost smothers the fruit, something quite typical in Atlantic-climate wines. Even before coming to the tertiary aromas, we experience faint hints of freshly mown hay. Then finally the ageing nuances obtained from its time in oak begin to come through: fresh vanilla, coconut, and faint but elegant hints of lightly smoked and toasted wood. All this diversity can still be found, not fully integrated, as is to be expected in a wine of this type and this age. In the mouth it is firm, with good backbone and, after a passing impression of acidity, which hints at its excellent ageing potential, the mineral component takes over and spreads through the mouth in both space and time. Finally there is a mouth-enveloping sensation of soft tannins which leaves a pleasant reminder of its passing. In the retronasal phase the floral component gives way to ripe, red-berry fruit and, especially, spices, with fresh vanilla to the fore.


Varietal: Tempranillo

Region: Rioja

Region Description:

(ree OH hah)—This region in north-central Spain makes the country’s most popular red wine from Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), Graciano and Mazuelo grapes. Rosado (rose) and white wines are also produced here. Traditionally red Rioja was aged for many years in small barrels made from American oak; this produced wines that were pale, gentle, and lacking in fruitiness. Current trends have been away from only oak aging and the wines are now much fresher tasting. In addition, the introduction of French oak barrels has contributed to its distinctive vanilla quality. The Rioja region is divided into three zones, the most well known being Rioja Alta. Alta-based wines tend to be firmer and leaner in style. Rioja Alavesa produces delicate, perfumed reds. Both Alavesa- and Alta-based wines are blended with wines from the third region, Rioja Baja, a somewhat warmer area that produces heavier grapes. The label of a Rioja will reveal much about the characteristics of its contents. Sin crianza Riojas receive no oak aging and are released young; they are Beaujolais-like, fruity and fresh. Some wines are aged for two years in oak or bottles; these are labeled crianza and, while still fresh and fruity, begin take on the famous oakiness. Wines aged for three years, at least one year in a barrel, are labeled reserva. These are often the most enjoyable of all Riojas. The most expensive wines are aged for five years or more, earning the status of gran reserva. The youngest Riojas pair well with seafood, spicy sausages, and Spanish-style bean dishes. The mature reds should be eaten with game, stews, and cheese.