Winemaker: Manuel and Isaac Muga
Grape: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo and Graciano
Region: Rioja, Spain
92 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
90 Points Wine Spectator
Bodegas Muga, owned by the Muga family since 1932, is located at Haro, Rioja Alta. When Isaac Muga Sr. passed away, his two sons took over and are representing the most traditional Rioja production today.
Muga is the only winery left in Spain that uses only oak throughout the process of elaboration. They even make their own cooperage from directly imported American and French oak.
2005 Muga Reserva aged for 6 months in wooden vats, 2 years in new French and American oak barrels, it’s being fined with egg whites and the wine is bottled unfiltered. Reserva rests at least another 12 months in bottles before its release.
As always, this wine is very elegant – dark purple to ruby color and lovely notes of dark fruit and oak on the nose. On the palate it is a sexy, medium weight dark berries wine with smokiness of wood, tobacco, spices and enough soft tannins and acidity to keep for quite a few years. Complex and beautifully balanced.
Muga Reserva is definitely drinkable right now, but it will improve with a few years of cellaring. Consistently world – class wine from Rioja for insane low price. Wines from Muga family never disappointed me. Ever.
Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $30.00