Muga, Reserva
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Muga, Reserva - 2019

Item # 49524 750mL

Rich aromas and flavors of blackcurrant and cherry. A top-value reserve bottling, unfiltered and exhibiting a smoky, spicy edge.

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Staff Pick Notes

This deep ruby Reserva Rioja from Muga is my perfect wine for roast meats and/or hearty tapas: think "Albondigas" (meatballs to you and I). Heady aromas of sweet vanilla from American oak fill the glass, with notes of fresh strawberry, cedar, and spice. Pure fruit flavors of red currant and cranberry follow through on the palate. French oak also works its magic with notes of cedar, spice, and clove. The ripe tannins, partially owing to the 24 months in oak, are integrated beautifully and will stand up well to the robust meatiness of a Sunday roast. Red currant and vanilla linger on the gloriously long finish from this outstanding Rioja. Don't worry about the "unfiltered" on the label, just decant it for one hour before drinking and it will be wonderful. Enjoy!

- SW

About the Producer

Haro, Rioja Alta, Spain Bodegas Muga was created in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martinez and his wife, Auro Caño, both descendants of local wine growing families. The couple established Muga in the center of Haro, a well-known Rioja producing town situated at the west end of the Rioja Alta region. Isaac intended to position himself in the center of many already well-respected bodegas, like La Rioja...

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Glossary

Spain

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Rioja

The origin of Spanish winemaking, Rioja has been the benchmark for Spanish wines in the international market for over two hundred years, and remains so to this day. Tempranillo is the star of the red wines here, though its expression can vary wildly from producer to producer. Traditionally-styled Riojas tend to be subtle and soft, and often have high levels of acidity to ensure their survival through the lengthy ageing process. The more modern producers are making powerful, dark,...

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