Muga Selección Especial Reserva 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 pepper and forest floor hints. The mature berry fruit flavours are intense and complex with peppery spice, and roasted coffee nuances. It is both silky and elegant with great ageing potential and superb structure. 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 26 months in French oak barrels, using a combination of 40% new and 60% second fill French barrels. It is fined with fresh egg whites before bottling and spending a further 12 months in bottle before release from the Bodega.
This full-bodied Reserva is a treat now and has the structure to be drinking well until 2035, with careful cellarage.
The Mugas’ source this exceptional, age-worthy red from vineyards in Haro and the Sierra Cantabria, marrying Tempranillo with 25% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo. Dark, scented and plush, it has notes of liquorice and black olive, sweet blackberry fruit, oral top notes and aromatic 40% new wood underpinned by acidity. 96 points : Drink: 2022-35 Tim Atkin MW – Special Rioja Report 2020
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; this 2015 vintage is once again in Tim Atkin MW Top Reservas of the Year with 96 points. For a wine at less than £30 this is outstanding.
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About the Vintage
The official classification for the 2015 vintage (by the Consejo Regulador of Rioja) was Very 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; they have 250 hectares of prime vineyards in the Rioja Alta, enabling them to make outstanding wines most years. 2015 was a warm, (some say Mediterranean) vintage with a short, early vintage. In Rioja the harvest usually takes around 2 months, in 2015 it was 4 weeks! The best wines are characterised by powerful concentration, richness combined with freshness and with very good potential for ageing. 2015 is considered the best vintage year to follow 2010.