Bodegas Muga Rioja Selección Especial 2016

95 James Suckling | 94 Jeb Dunnuck

$39.97

Description

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Variety: Tempranillo, Grenache, Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano

Terroir: clay-limestone Tertiary era terraces; slopes of Montes Obarenes and Sierra Cantabria.

Winemaking: fermentation with indigenous yeasts in oak vats; aged for 26 months, in new french oak barrel; fined with fresh egg whites, bottled; remains in our cellars for at least 18 months

"Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental influences together in great harmony, creating an ideal climate for grapes." That’s how Muga Winery describes their vineyards, which produce a wine with a very particular personality. They use traditional methods like the natural process of fining, which eliminates the suspended particles that appear in the wine. They also opt for gravity when decanting. The only cellar in Spain with a master cooper and three in-house barrel-makers. -Muga Winery

James Suckling 95
A very pretty, manicured young red with plum, berry and dark-chocolate character. Medium body and round tannins that are focused and firm. Delicious, succulent finish. Plenty of subtle fruit and supple tannins take you to where you want to go in fine Rioja red. Drinkable now but linear and tight. Give it some time. Better after 2021.

Jeb Dunnuck 94
Always a terrific wine, the 2016 Selección Especial is based on 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, and the rest Graciano and Mazuelo. Almost Rhône-like with its spicy, meaty, gamey style, this beauty offers lots of red and black currants, cedary spice, incense, and tobacco aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied, has terrific balance, silky tannins, and is just a class act. The 2015 is a richer, more opulent wine, while the 2016 shows a touch more freshness and elegance. Both are beautiful vintages worth buying, cellaring, and drinking.

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