James Suckling 96
The balance and purity to this wine is really impressive with blackberries, black truffles and dark fruit. Wet earth. Full body. Tight and compact. Structured, long and powerful. Superb length. Compressed and polished texture. Drink in 2022.
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 26th 2019
Jeb Dunnuck 95
"it has a beautiful bouquet of blueberries, black raspberries, crushed violets, incense, and cedar. This gives way to a full-bodied, rich, powerful wine that has an incredible sense of elegance and finesse on the palate. It's a brilliant Rioja that can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years or more.
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, Sept. 6th 2019
Wine Advocate 94
The very perfumed, expressive and floral 2015 Seleccin Especial is a lot fresher than the stereotype of the vintage I had before I tasted 2015 widely. It's a year that has turned out fresher than what the weather during the growing season pointed at. It was a dry and warm year, but the wines have very good freshness, which in this case feels exceptional. My first surprise was how aromatic and open the wine is for such a young age, with aromas of lavender and other Mediterranean herbs jumping from the glass. I expected that from the 2016s, but I thought the 2015 was going to be more closed and reticent. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins, balanced, fresh and very clean. This combines energy and elegance with classical Rioja character. 220,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2017. Luis Gutirrez, June 2019
Wine Spectator 93
Velvety yet vivacious, this red has a lovely texture. Expressive flavors of maraschino cherry, red currant, orange peel, clove and vanilla are supported by round tannins and citrusy acidity. Fresh and focused, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2030.
Denominacion de Origen: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Location: Barrio de la Estacin, Haro, Rioja Alta
Varietal: 70 Tempranillo, 20 Garnacha, 7 Mazuelo, 3 Graciano
Vineyards: Terrazas Ebro
Year(s) Planted: 1946-1986
Viticulture: Traditional Rioja viticulture. Organic, uncertified.
Soils: Soils are composed of alluvial calcareous clay.
Climate: Continental with Atlantic influences.
A pied de cuve is done to guarantee the quality of the indigenous fermentation in vats that are assembled by the winery's cooper. This is completely unique to Bodegas Muga. The wines are macerated and ferment in these vats and are transferred to barrels assembled at the winery for ageing.
26 months in barrels with French oak chosen and assembled into barrels by Mugas cooper. 12 months in bottle after egg white fining.
Muga Seleccin Especial is the result of a selection of the finest grapes and finest wine produced of a Reserva classification at the winery. Bodegas Muga is one of the most traditional and important Rioja wineries, and the only winery in Spain with their own master cooper.
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Wines that are born from inspiration and authenticity.
In Muga, we always use the finest materials and are open to new techniques that provide greater quality without losing authenticity.
To produce each of our wines, we continue opting for traditional procedures:
Through the natural process of fining, we eliminate the suspended particles that appear in the wine.
We carry out the decanting by the traditional method of gravity.
We are the only cellar in Spain with a master cooper and three in-house barrel-makers.