£19.60/ 0.75 L btl
What does this wine taste like?
|Very intense / Plums / Cocoa / Shrubland / Vanilla / Smoky notes|
|Elegant / Balanced / Good acidity / Fleshy / Earthy / Mineral / Sweet tannins / Long|
Drinking and storing
Game birds / Stuffed aubergines / Rabbit lamb with fine herbs
My wife and I had the pleasure of a wine tasting (along with tapas of fresh asparagus, Bellota Pata Negra, dried sausages and olives) in Isaac and Auro Muga's charming kitchen dining room at the bodega on a sunny day in April 2017. Isaac Muga is a gifted storyteller and an even greater winemaker. Calling this the bodega's 'base' red wine is doing it a disservice - as it is more of Riserva quality given that it it is given more time in oak and bottle than a Crianza ordinarily is made. In fact, Muga do not label their wines as Crianzas, Reservas or Grand Reservas other than for overseas markets. In short, if it is a Crianza, it is head and shoulders above the average Crianza. If it's a Reserva, it's an astonishingly good red for the money, and one that will cellar beautifully for ten years +. Gorgeous.
Consistently good wine
This is one of my favorite Rioja crianzas. It is consistently good and reasonably priced. In some sense I feel uncomfortable to review it, as it is very popular and well known in Spain with a very good reputation. However, since it might be less known in the UK, my positive review could probably be useful on the English website.
Lovely full bodied wine
I’ve enjoyed this in a few countries and buying some for my own didn’t disappoint. It’s a lovely wine which has a few different levels when drinking, making it perfect for cheese pairings. I recommend trying it.
Reliable, good quality.
Muga consistently delivers and is a firm favourite. An excellent wine with red meat and stews, equally good with hard cheese, or frankly by itself!
Lovely silky red wine. Has strong red berry flavours ,with smoky aroma and a hint of vanilla. Lovely balanced wine and one of my favourite Riojas
|Ageing period||24 months|
|Barrel age||New and sused|
Bodegas Muga is a family business founded by Isaac Muga and Aurora Caño in 1932 and located in the historic neighborhood of La Estación in Haro. In its nearly 25,000 square meters, the most traditional production methods are brought together with the most avant-garde techniques. The vineyards of Bodegas Muga, nestled in the foothills of the Montes Obarenes, in the heart of Rioja Alta, enjoy a peculiar climate, partly due to its unique geography and orientation and, secondly,...