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Muga Reserve2018

This is an ultra-modern and extracted international-style Riojas from the famous Torres Muga. Powerful, intense and very lively, anxious to please from the start. The almost perfect mingling of red-berry fruit(high altitude) and toasted oak aromas on the nose, with the fruit coming to the fore in the mouth and rounding off a supple, balanced overall effect. THe finish is textured and balanced, with racy acidity and flavours of liquorice, blackberry and vanilla, this wine contrasts significantly with the more traditional Riojas, such as their Reserva and Prado Enea. With powerful aromas of red and black cherries and vanilla, cedar and mushroom notes, this wine also shows a bit of the overripe notes of the Torre Muga. These overripe accents are skillfully balanced on the palate by red, tangy fruits in a reasonably lengthy finish. Drink now or over the next five or so years.

The philosophy behind Torre Muga is to make small batches of modern wine using a very traditional blend of Rioja varietals and classic techniques. Only the best grapes from the winery are used, and they undergo an intense selection process on the triage table after harvest. Following fermentation in oak vats, the wine aged for six months in wooden vats, 18 months in new French Allier oak barrels, and 12 months in bottles. Finally, it is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered.

We all love this wine. The scores are reasonably good, such as:

94 points James Suckling

This was the only red Muga made in 2018, and the wines from the best vineyards went into the blend. In other words, top vineyards were declassified. Medium-bodied with excellent tannins that are caressing and refined. Plenty of subtle berries, chocolate and walnuts. Tempranillo with garnacha, mazuelo and graciano. (8/2021). Edited.

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

The 2018 Muga Reserva is a similar blend and has pretty, slightly fresher notes of darker, almost blue fruits, violets, spring flowers, and cedary oak. More medium-bodied on the palate, it shows the fresher, elegant vintage style, has beautiful tannins, no hard edges, and great length on the finish. (6/2022). Edited.


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