2015 Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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I've been close to the Muga family for decades; visit with them at their estate in Rioja each chance I get. I can still recall tasting decades-old bottlings of their Prado Enea on my last visit. This is a family rich with history, deeply committed to the aging process required for stellar wines. They produce their own barrels, too; another commitment to quality unmatched in many cellars I've visited. The Mugas have been in Haro for at least three centuries, the loving care they show for their oldest Gran Reserva Rioja passed down, one generation to the next. Today I have to share the family's 2015 Reserva which is the finest Rioja money can buy.

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Complex nose with ripe black cherries, deeply integrated cedary oak, baking spices, dried flowers, leather, fresh tobacco and earthy notes. This is silky and mellow with long, laid-back tannins that deliver ripe dark plum flavors into a spicy and earthy finish. Drink or hold.

94 points, James Suckling (Aug 2018)

The 2015 Reserva had just been bottled, and it should be released around January 2019 in the international market and in Spain (as Crianza) in October 2018. This was a very long harvest (similar to 2016). They started at the end of August with the Cava, and they finished at the end of October with very healthy grapes, good yields and very good quality. The wine shows very good ripeness but without any excess. It has incipient complexity, still young and undeveloped but with very good balance between power and elegance, with fine-grained tannins and integrated acidity. This has to be one of the best recent vintages of this popular bottling. There are around one million bottles of it.

92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 235 - Feb 2018)

Earthy black fruit aromas are warm and ripe. Befitting a reserva from a hot year like 2015, this is big-bodied and flush, with flavors of toasty oak, chocolate and mixed berry fruits. Ripeness is not lost on a finish with mild heat. Drink through 2023.

92 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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