Muga Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especiale Spanish Wine 750 mL
James Suckling 94 points – Fruit-focused red, with strong aromas of ripe blackberries, red plums and gently complex earthy and spicy notes. There’s energetic, ripe dark and red fruit on the palate. Silky and crisp with fine tannins, giving a velvety and chalky texture. Upbeat and succulent finish.
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points – A wine that won’t be released on the market until next year, the 2014 Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial checks in as a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 10% Graciano, 5% Manuelo. With an inky black color and loads of black fruits, charcoal, lead pencil, and espresso aromas and flavors, it’s medium to full-bodied, has slightly more acidity than the 2012, as well as more tannin. It’s a balanced, pure, beautiful expression of Rioja. It’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 15-20+ years.
To the eye the wine is bright and luminous. It displays an intense cherry red colour with deep and attractive scarlet shades on the rim of the glass.
On the nose there is an aromatic depth of fine and mature fruity notes which intermingle with those that come from the noble oak barrels. You can sense the subtle vanilla and lightly spicy aromas that will open and develop into more complex notes for years to come.