Bodegas Muga Rioja Riserva Unfiltered 2013

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In Muga wines you will find both tradition and modernity side-by-side. They reflect the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental influences of the climate in Rioja in great harmony. Founded in 1932, today the estate is still run by the Muga family. This 2013 Reserva is made of Tempranillo 70%, Garnacha 20%, Mazuelo and Graciano 10%  grown on terraces of chalky-clay, tertiary period soil. Fermentation with indigenous yeast in oak vats. Aged for 24 months in casks made from selected oak from Muga's own coopers’ workshop. Before bottling the wine is fined using fresh egg whites. Once in the bottle it undergoes a minimum period of twelve months in their hundreds' years old cellar to become rounded and polished.

The biggest influence of the vintage can be found in the aromatic profile. For the first time in many years the sharp notes of ripe fruit are overtaken by a red-berried fruit component, accompanied, at almost the same level, by a wide spectrum of white blossom descriptors. It has a fresh mouth-feel, almost giving the impression of having mentholated nuances, with a presence of acidic fruit liqueur. In the retronasal phase it is totally spicy and leaves new hints of liqueur fruit at a second level, but this time much more complex in character.

Category Red Wine
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Country Spain
Region Rioja
Brand Bodegas Muga
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James SucklingThis is an excellent 2013 with such purity and finesse. Cherry, stone and light cedar aromas follow through to a full body, very fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Hints of cedar. It shows a focused energy.


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