Bodegas Muga Reserva 2009
  • Good depth and ripe tannin
  • Nicely balanced on the palate
  • Very bright, pure ruby color
  • Excellent value

92 Points - [Refers to 2008 vintage] - 'Vivid ruby. Heady, exotic aromas of candied dark berries, vanilla, cola and dark chocolate, with a slow-building floral quality. The palate offers sweet cherry-vanilla and licorice flavors, along with notes of rose pastille and bitter chocolate. Finishes sweet and long, with silky tannins adding shape and gentle grip. This is the only red wine that Muga bottled this vintage so all of the Prado Enea fruit went in here." -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

COMPOSITION: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and 3% Graciano

[Refers to 2008 vintage] - 91 Points - "The 2008 Reserva has dark cherry, cassis and graphite on the nose. The palate has a sappy nose with blackberry, raspberry and a touch of soy towards the finish. The tannins are ripe and quite “thick,” lending the 2008 admirable substance considering the vintage. Drink 2015-2030." -Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

91 Points - [Refers to 2006 vintage] - "Purple-colored with an already complex bouquet of pain grille, mineral, violets, black cherry, and blackberry, on the palate it is smooth-textured, layered, and concentrated. It conceals enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years and will offer optimal drinking from 2010 to 2026. It is an excellent value in serious Rioja." -Jay Miller, Wine Advocate

ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Mr. Isaac Muga opened his first cellar in 1932. At his death in 1969, his sons Manuel and Isaac took over the management and winemaking of the winery. This is the only winery left in Spain that uses only oak throughout the process of its production. The Muga family continues to maintain their own cooperage and directly imports American and French oak in order to custom make their barrels. The family estate consists of 96 acres (40 hectares) and supplements their production with grapes from 50 different small growers; some of them have less than one hectare, from 40-50 year-old vines. The majority of grapes are from Rioja Alta.

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