Muga Selección Especial Reserva 2014 is a stunning, limited edition Reserva which is only made in very good years. Bodegas Muga is one of the most famous wineries in Rioja and their wines are sublime. Ripe red berry fruit together with subtle oak aromas are coupled with spice, herbs and coffee notes. The mature berry fruit flavours are intense and complex with peppery spice, and roasted coffee nuances coupled with excellent balance and length. There is no doubt that Muga Selección Especial Reserva is more like a really fine Gran Reserva in style with beautifully integrated oak; rich and silky at the same time.
There is no stainless steel used in the wine-making of this wine which is fermented with indigenous yeast in oak vats and then aged for 28 months in French oak barrels, using a combination of new and second fill French barrels. It is fined with egg whites before bottling and spending a further 12 months in bottle before release from the Bodega. Muga have their own cooperage where they make their own oak barrels, which is unique; they achieve finesse from barrel fermentation and ageing, that sets them apart from other similar top Rioja Bodegas.
This full-bodied Reserva is a treat now and has the structure to be drinking well until 2030, with careful cellarage.
“Textbook Rioja, a classic from the Muga family. A lively blend showing succulent red fruits and back notes of sweet spices, underlined by freshness. Aged partly in new French oak, partly second fill. Hard to better.” 93 Points. Drink: 2020 – 2030 Sarah Jane Evans MW – Transforming Tempranillo Article in Decanter March 2020 – picks her 12 Top Tempranillos
“Now in bottle – I reviewed a barrel sample last year – this has fulfilled its early promise. It’s very much a modern style, with masses of colour, rich, textured tannins, good grip and structure, savoury, dark plum and blackberry fruit and refreshing, underlying acidity.” 96 points: Tim Atkin MW Special Rioja Report 2019
About the Bodega
Bodegas Muga is a family-run Bodega, established in 1932 by Isaac Muga. and his wife Auro. He was succeeded by Manuel and Isaac, who between them, had five, amazingly tall sons – Manu, Juan, Eduardo, Jorge and Isaac – all of whom work in the business, as do several members of the fourth generation of Mugas.
The Mugas were grape growers before they were winemakers (the family has been in Haro for more than 300 years) and they own 250 hectares of vineyards, with contracts for another 150 hectares, mostly in Rioja Alta. They combine traditional and modern practices; from highly selected, hand-picked grapes in their varied vineyard plots, to their amazing attention to detail throughout the wine-making and ageing processes.
Muga have their own cooperage where they make their own oak barrels, which is unique; they achieve finesse from barrel fermentation and ageing, that sets them apart from other similar top Rioja Bodegas. In his Special Report on Rioja, Tim Atkin MW has classified Bodegas Muga as a First Growth winery.
Year on year their Reserva Seleccion Especial is superb, and is consistently in Tim Atkin MW and Sarah Jane Evans MW Top Reservas.
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About the Vintage
The official classification for the 2014 vintage (by the Consejo Regulador of Rioja) was Good. However, vintage classifications are generic across the whole of Rioja, with very varying climates, vineyards and wineries. Muga will only make this wine if the grapes are of sufficient high quality, For example 2014 is the follow on year after 2011 vintage. Muga have 250 hectares of prime vineyards in the Rioja Alta, enabling them to make outstanding wines most years. In general terms this vintage was significantly better than the difficult climatic vintage of 2013, which saw excessive rains during the ripening month of September.