2015 Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial (750ml)

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. Muga Selección Especial is exactly that; the selection of the very finest wines produced as Rioja Reserva, from vines that are aged 35 to 70 years of age which exemplify the refinement, pedigree, and terroir of Rioja Alevesa. This is indeed world-class wine with refinement that will dazzle.


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.

96 points, James Suckling (Jul 2019)

The 2015 Selección Especial checks in as 70% Tempranillo and the balance Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano that's an old vine and terroir selection. Aged 6 months in new oak followed by 24 months in 90% French oak and 10% American oak, 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.

95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sep 2019)

The very perfumed, expressive and floral 2015 Selección 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.

94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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