Muga, Selection Especiale
Muga has been making excellent Rioja wines since 1932 but has not been represented in the US market for very long. Most of the vineyards are in the Rioja Alavesa, at some of the highest altitudes in the region.
Region: Rioja, DOCa
Varietal Composition: Mostly Tempranillo, blended with Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano.
Vinification: Fermentation takes place in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. Aged for 26 months in new French oak barrels made in the winery’s own cooperage. After fining, the wine is bottled and remains in cellar for at least 18 months for further aging.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of intense dark cherry and black fruits, with hints of baking spices. Dark, opaque in appearance, but not showing any haziness or cloudiness. Oak is not dominating the fairly long finish. The tannins are restrained, not dominant. The wine is generous on the palate, with good balance of acid/fruit/tannin. Should be delightful with something like a prime rib roast or grilled ribeye steak.
By Don Clemens