Muga Reserva Rioja 2017
We're celebrating the fact that this Muga Reserva Rioja is ready to drink by pouring a glass! The lovely spice and warm flavors will go beautifully with an appetizer of moussaka, or most any lamb dish for that matter. If today is takeout or casual day, make it pulled pork sandwiches on toasted brioche rolls topped with pickled onions and some creamy coleslaw. The vinegary bite of the pork will hold hands with the juicy fruit and never let go. Feeling a little more fancy? How about a rosemary and garlic-crusted roast beef? Top off your glasses once more and savor them with a Basque Idiazabal sheep's cheese. It's a great closer for your meal.
James Suckling: "Lovely, succulent red with juicy berries and plums, together with some chocolate, spice, walnut and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with round tannins and a flavorful finish. Touch of dried fruit in the center palate. A pretty combination of savory and fresh-fruit character. Some orange peel as well. A baby Prado Enea. Drink now." Jan 2021
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "I had the wine in the glass for a very long time, and it didn't stop improving; it started a little lactic and creamy, and then it got more and more serious. This is the only red they produced this vintage, so all the best grapes that normally go to other wines were used here; those selected grapes helped to keep the volume of this cuvée, and at the same time, it seems to have boosted the quality of this wine, which feels every bit as good as the 2016. It has a serious palate with fine, chalky tannins and very good balance. This is a textbook Muga red and a triumph over the conditions of the year, elegant and balanced, approachable now and with potential to age. Drink 2021-2027." Oct 2020
Winery: "This Reserva displays an attractive, medium-deep, ruby-red colour with some brick-red glints. The nose reveals delicious red and black fruit aromas, such as blueberries, plums and forest fruit, together with notes of liquorice and chocolate. Medium-bodied on the palate, the wine shows lovely balance with hints of roasted coffee beans, ripe fruit, silky tannins and a lingering finish. This Crianza can be enjoyed now, but it also has enough structure to be cellared for several years. This wine will go wonderfully with meat dishes, such as veal, as well as Iberico charcuterie and casseroles."
70% Tempranillo, 20% Grenache, 7% Mazuelo (Carignan) & 3% Graciano
24 months in new and used French oak barrels; minimum 12 months further refining in bottle