Muga Reserva Selección Especial 2016

Muga Reserva Selección Especial


The Selección Especial is perhaps the most easily paired with food of the Muga reds, a wine which...

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Wine Muga Reserva Selección Especial 2016

Spec sheet
TypeRed Wine Reserva
Alcohol content i14.5%
Bottle size and vintage0.75 L - 2016


The Selección Especial is perhaps the most easily paired with food of the Muga reds, a wine which combines the past and the future to perfection. On the one hand, it takes from classic wines its ability for evolution, its complexity and its delightful elegance, while on the other hand, its marked fruit-forward character comes to the fore, along with its fresh, spicy touches, more typically found in modern wines.

The grapes come from old vineyards planted on terraces and the must ferments using native yeasts in oak vats. It then undergoes an ageing period of 26 months in barrels made in Muga's own cooperage. Finally, it's clarified with egg white and left to repose in bottle for a minimum of twelve months.

It appears an intense cherry colour and has a spicy, mature nose. On the palate it exhibits fantastic acidity which bodes a great future, as well as some pleasant coffee hints through the retronasal passage; it comes over as corpulent but accessible, almost lactic. Traces of liquorice and tobacco are added to touches of cloves and vanilla adding up to a stunning aromatic display. Its finish is long and delicately bitter. It will continue to develop.

Food pairing

Entrecôte with pepper sauce / Meat casseroles / Wild mushrooms


  • Vinification material:Wood
  • Ageing period:32 months
  • Type of wood:American and french oak


  • Optimum serving temperature:16ºC

Customer reviews

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by: wade gustafson (26 Aug) - Vintage 2016


Somewhat typical of Muga, they don't do things by halves, as I've always felt their red Crianza is really of Reserva standard. And so it is with this beauty - which is really Gran Reserva standard - just without the over-oakiness that can overpower that classification too often. This is a truly silky, intense wine, combining huge depth but great balance and structure. It's a fabulous vintage and given great care and attention here. It is also surprisingly fresh and drinkable now, but will easily cellar happily for another 15 years +. Astonishing value given the superb quality of this wine.

by: André H. Hofman (27/10/2020) - Vintage 2015

Silky wine

This is a lovely silky elegant wine, without being lean, that's because of its 14% alcohol content and its very good wine year. We drank this with 4 people. 3 Of us tasted and smelled a touch of aniseed. Normally I'm not keen on that, but with this wine it did not put me off. It has a very good balance and we alI enjoyed it very much!

by: Michael Garcia (26/02/2019) - Vintage 2014

One of my favourite

A proper bottle of Spanish red wine. I love this wine, the year is a lot better than the earlier ones also and this is definitely noticeable.

by: Stuart (24/10/2017) - Vintage 2011

excellent wine any time.

A full bodied smooth wine as you would expect from this Bodega who make consistently excellent wines. I would recommend highly.

by: David Lloyd (04/09/2019) - Vintage 2014

An excellent Rioja - This is an intense Rioja made from predominately Tempranillo grapes

Silky and crisp with fine tannins, giving a velvety and chalky texture. I would certainly recommend this for a nice occasion.

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Bodegas Muga

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,...

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