Localization: Rioja, Spain
Tasting Notes: This Rioja Reserva displays an attractive, medium-deep, ruby-red color with some brick-red glints. The nose reveals delicious red and black fruit aromas, such as blueberries, plums, and forest fruit, with licorice and chocolate notes. Medium-bodied on the palate, the wine shows a lovely balance with hints of roasted coffee beans, ripe fruit, silky tannins, and a lingering finish. This Crianza can be enjoyed now, but it also has enough structure to be cellared for several years.
Food Pairing: You can serve it with Iberian ham and charcuterie and some kinds of stews and hotpots or serve it with a mixed grilled and enjoy!
94 points James Suckling: Lovely, succulent red with juicy berries and plums, together with some chocolate, spice, walnut, and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with round tannins and a flavorful finish. Touch of dried fruit in the center palate. A pretty combination of savory and fresh-fruit character. Some orange peel as well. A baby Prado Enea.
The Domain: Bodegas Muga is a family firm founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga and Aurora Caño. The first wines were made in an underground cellar until in 1968 they decided to set up their own winery in a beautiful old 19th-century townhouse situated in the city of Haro. The Bodegas Muga outstanding feature is that it always uses the finest materials, combining tradition with the latest advances in winemaking so as always to give its wines the very best quality without losing authenticity. Indeed, it is the only wine cellar in Spain that employs its own master cooper and coopers, who make all the vats for the cellar as well as the oak casks. The winery remains true to traditional winemaking methods such as racking the casks by gravity and fining the wine with fresh egg whites. Bodegas Muga has succeeded in combining the purest family tradition with an updated vision of the future which has allowed them to preserve their own personality and character.